Hello All, and thanks for following me. Todays topic is Farewell

The time has come to say farewell to the village and therefore this is the final post for this blog. I want to thank all those that have followed my blog over the past 2 years and allowed me to share this experience. These are images of the village where I have spent the last 2 years. It is basically a crossroads. The Health Center that I went to for the past two years in down the gravel road which until recently was dirt. The village has a surprising number of amenities. The wooden booths with corrugated metal roofs sell meat, chicken, fish, vegetables, fruit as well as all types of household products. There is a restaurant, bakery, gas station and air-conditioned coffee shop with wifi. There is a shop for computer and cell phone accessories. Although Cambodia is considered a developing country, they are working hard to change that. I’ve traveled throughout much of the country and felt welcomed everywhere. Hopefully that has come across through this blog.

Now it is time to say farewell and return to the US. Being the only white person in this entire village has given me a perspective that I otherwise would not have gained in the US. I watch the news and see Americans killing Americans simply because they are Jewish, African American or Latino. Americans telling Americans, “go back to where you came from”. I naïvely thought that, for the most part, the US had progressed further than this. So, I leave this blog with this quote from over 100 years ago.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”  

Mark Twain

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