“Same, same, but different.”
This is a common Cambodian saying, for example…
A tour guide may say it as he points to one of many temples...
or a seller may say it as she hands you a green shirt after you had asked for the red one.
This saying reminds me of another saying, "We'll agree to disagree" or in other words, "different, different, but same."
People often say, "We'll agree to disagree" to shut down discussion because they see debate as win-lose, but when I discuss politics I realize I'm not going to change someone's mind on the spot because people's egos are too big, but I strive to understand the other person's point of view and then at least make the other person see the tradeoffs of their position and realize that their argument is not as black & white as they had previously believed.
The British female from the other week, aka "The Queen", has returned to Siem Reap.
We walked around the city and did as tourists do - got fried ice cream rolls, dragonfruit shakes, and shopped for elephant pants at the night market that we haggled down from $3 to $2.
She also went with me to get my visa renewed.
As we were walking there I stepped on a broken beer bottle, which cut through my flip flop and into my foot. She encouraged me to go to the hospital, but I said I'll just walk it off. We wrapped my foot in some toilet paper to stop the blood from pouring out.
Once we got to the local travel agent we were told I have a "tourist" visa and not the "ordinary" visa (which I had paid for at the border, apparently border police often confuse the two when stamping your passport so make sure to thoroughly examine your visas before leaving the airport). This means I now have to exit the country in 30 days.
This week I updated Live to Challenge so you can now receive text & browser notifications in addition to your email reminders.
A frenchman from the co-working space helped me implement the changes. I had shared my struggle over dinner with people from the co-working space unaware that the frenchman had the skills to help.
One of the benefits of sharing one's journey and goals is that we may never know who may raise their hand to help.