"Traveling - In This I Believe" ellsasha's Profile
My travels have taught me to value the life that I am privileged to live here in the developed world. I have seen the welcoming light in so many eyes as I have journeyed through this world. I have seen the sadness and suffering that living in abject poverty brings. I have spoken to many living on after living through dark periods of genocide. I have been invited into the homes of those with little material wealth but with such greatness of spirit and dignity that I have been humbled. I have celebrated the joy of peoples' weddings in exotic places and stood by quietly as people were carried to their graves. The world is a truly remarkable place - in this I still believe.
My animals re-energize my life. TiaMaria is my black lab, so named as she drinks gin and tonic (on the odd occasion she steals a sip, that is), so I wanted to name her after a drink! My kitties are Moses and Sasha total opposites but coexisting peacefully. The photo is of Ms. Piggy, one of my favourites; I met her at a Buddhist pagoda on Tonle Sap, where the young monks had cared for her since she was a tiny piglet. The monks for the most part are very young as many were killed during the days of the Khmer Rouge.
Journeying to the overgrown temple of Beng Mealea my driver skirted areas of landmines one of which we saw explode (from a comfortable distance of about a quarter of a mile). The devastation caused by these devices defies description. I met people who had lost one or more limbs yet were valiantly trying to make a living by selling whatever they could find to sell. The people in the photo had either lost limbs or had been blinded by landmines; they played music all day to try to make enough money to live on. Their resolve was amazing and they maintained their self-esteem by avoiding having to beg. I believe in the strength of the human spirit.
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Written Apr 10, 2006
Children of Cambodia
Written Apr 14, 2006
Fishing on Tonle Sap - Cambodia
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