A few things have happened in the last several weeks. I figured the easiest way to share them is through A VISUAL STORYTELLING ALBUM of sorts. (BELOW)
I know these last couple posts have not been ponderings per se, but the images are elements that have caused me to ponder. I hope these images cause you to ponder like they have for me.
We have experienced Cambodia in new ways and continue to be humbled every day by the new things we learn. It's funny how almost always when you are removed from the comfort of the familiar, learning is maximized 10x. Realistically, it's probably more than that. It’s probably 10x10x4x6, equaling, if my calculations are correct, 2400 learning moments. This is just a rough estimate, but sounds about right for learning moments on the trip thus far.
We learned up close and personal about the significance of the Mondul Kiri forest for the flourishing of the elephants and the health of the people of Cambodia. We learned that smiles, laughs, and good food make up for language barriers. We learned that when an estimate for an order delivery is a week, expect three weeks. We learned that Cambodia has the highest concentration of rabies in the world (ask Geoff how he knows that fact). We learned that an awesome tuk-tuk driver, like our man, Sokha is invaluable. We learned that countless locals want to get involved in the implementation of this sustainability project and the projects long-term impact looks bright because of these strong supporters. Last but not least, we learned again that we possess zero control over the weather.
It has been raining incessantly so the building of the project has been delayed more than we would have liked the last couple weeks. However, that has allowed for more opportunities to experience the culture and do some important cultural research and relationship building in the community. One particular relationship that we are excited about is the one between the local agriculture university and the future farm manager for the project site. This will prove beneficial for the long-term effectiveness of the project and true sustainability for the rehab center.
Captured below is everything from views from tuk-tuk cabs to elephant & forest reserves to epic action shots of us moving solid concrete rings to house the lemon trees being planted on the property.