travel things

Villages: Takeo

Every morning and afternoon is spent in a different village. All have similar qualities, but look distinct. Some are more tropical, some are more dry. Some have more children, some are quieter.

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It is exhausting going to SO many new places. I am a traveler by heart, but all this moving around wears even me out.

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The parts of the day that lift me up are when I get to see smiling children’s faces light up at me when I say in their native language, “Sour sdey!” (hello).

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Or when I spy a tan puppy with a black nose bumbling along the ground. I draw him near me with a smooching noise and indulge him in an uncommon head scratch.

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I love walking around people’s homes, which it seems you are always welcome to do, even just to find the WC out back. I like looking around at the few belongings all scattered around, and noting the only slight differences in the large wooden table in front of their house.

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I am lucky enough to receive a local snack to taste, or even a pineapple cut by the farmer right off the plant.

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If there’s ever a dull moment, or several shy children standing curiously by, I know that all I have to do is take out my camera, and point the LCD screen towards them to show them a snap of their gorgeous faces, and I will be treated to giggles and laughter.

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