I appear to be terrible at blogging when things are going well! I am constantly thinking “Ooo I really should blog about that” but then I never seem to make the time to sit down and actually right it! I felt that after this recent adventure I really shouldn’t let it passed unnoticed!!
A few months ago I made a last minute decision to go with 2 friends to Cambodia (I basically gatecrashed their trip!) The hospital agreed I was well enough to go (granted they weren’t jumping for joy, but they didn’t argue against it!). I was allowed to have all the relevant jabs…. and I was all set to go.
It wasn’t until the few days before going that I realised what a big deal this was. Until this year I have never even considered travelling to outside Europe due to the associated risks with flying and potential treatment out there. I have never done a trip where I hadn’t booked all the accommodation and planned the trip out in advance. This was a real adventure for me!! And to top that I was getting to spend it with some really special people too 🙂 I feel very very lucky and grateful to the hospital and my donors (blood, platelets and bone marrow) who helped to get me to this stage of being well enough to go on an adventure like this!
Amazing place. Amazing people. All so happy and content with life despite having so little. Such a community feel – everybody helps everybody. Really makes you put things into context. What is important in life?? Do we really need all these material possessions or can we be happy with just a little tuc tuc and hammock ? Do we need to be in constant competition with each other or could we not do more to work together? Why do we need to earn so much money? Can we be content with less? How much do we actually need??
Here is some of the highlights of the trip:
Siem Reap – seeing the temples and of course Angkor Wat
Boat trip to Battambang – beautiful way to see all the day to day life in the floating villages
Battambang – Killing caves – sobaring insight to the civil war in 1975
Phnom Penh – the captital city for the water festival (too busy for our liking!)
Kampot – trips to Bokor national park to see the waterfalls
Rabbit Island – beautiful untouched tropical paradise island
Koh Rong Island – beautiful white beaches
And finally via Siem Reap to home 😦