Reflections on SE Asia
SE Asia is such a contrast to life in Canada that each day we were presented with something new to marvel at or be surprised with. We experienced a plethora of new things and most were pleasant. But of course, there are things that we miss about home and things that were less than pleasant about SE Asia. Here’s a few:
• the constant honking of horns and maniacal drivers
• lack of cheese and dairy products in general
• a constant barrage of people trying to sell you things
• a constant barrage of smells (many that are not pleasant)
• taxi drivers that try to rip you off
• taking Malarone every day to prevent Malaria
• bargaining for everything (although Dave kind of likes it)
• people who must beg for a living
• garbage in the streets and along the roads (especially in Cambodia)
• sketchy looking dogs
• tourists that dress inappropriately for the local culture (ie wear far too few clothes)
• oh those Asian toilets!
Undoubtedly the most difficult thing about being away was missing the happenings at home!
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Bissky Dziadyk Family
Travelling the world as a family since 2008.
In September 2008 our family embarked on a four month journey through South East Asia. Traveling with a child who uses a wheelchair presented its challenges, but following the Mekong River through China, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam with a wheelchair was truly an adventure.
When we move beyond our fears and embrace our dreams, the Universe has an odd way of not only supporting us but giving us more opportunities than we ever imagined. Embarking on a journey with an open heart we can not help but be changed forever by the experience. Indeed it would be a waste to return untouched in the spiritual realm.
September: China (Beijing, Xi’an,Kunming, Yuanyang)
October: Northern Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay) and
Laos (Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane)
November: Southern Vietnam (Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta)
December: Cambodia (Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, Kampot and Sihanoukville).