After a long day of doing work, I walked into the hostel and saw a friend from the night before sitting with two cute girls at the bar.
I thought, "Hmmm, now is a good time to say hi."
The english girl later told me that I didn't seem particularly friendly, which is fair.
I don't love small talk.
Flash forward to later in the evening and the four of us were drunkenly dancing in the infamous Cambodian bar, Angkor Whatt?!
Once we came back, we jumped in the hostel pool even though it was technically closed. The security guard was asleep atop the empty bar (for whatever reason he sleeps there every night without a mattress).
Later in the week I went on a $30 boat trip with the english female.
On the way to the boat, the driver pulled over to the side of the road.
He told us to get out of the air conditioned van so we could take pictures of the shanty town.
Malnourished children came running out of the shacks to hold our hands while their parents looked on with indifference.
The tour guide said, "They're here because they're lazy."
I felt sickened by the scene.
I thought to myself, "They're not zoo animals!"
As we got back into the van, an older gentlemen in the group gave a girl a dollar, which the kids fought over as we drove away.
Extreme poverty shouldn't exist in such a rich world.
On the bright side, over the last 30 years, extreme global poverty has been cut by 74.1%! And what nation has been the undisputed superpower during this time period... The United States of America. Therefore the next time someone questions the greatness of America you'd be wise to remind them of that statistic.
When we got to the boat we looked out over what is called the "floating village".
I tried to imagine what my life would look like in such conditions as I watched a smiling, elderly woman bathe in the water and boats zooming by to the floating grocery store.
It wouldn't work, I love walking too much and some would say I'm a lousy swimmer.