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Trip Start Jan 27, 2008
Trip End Apr 10, 2008

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Monday, April 14, 2008

After almost 4 months of traveling around Cambodia I've returned. And I can't wait to go back! It was such a exhilarating experience to be in a foreign land away from everybody and everything I know. Everything was new to me. I was in a constant state of rethinking. I was walking around like my head was on a swivel! I could not see enough or take enough pictures. I wanted to walk down every road and look behind every door. I asked about every building and smelled every flower I saw. I talked to EVERYBODY! I asked them all kinds of questions... I wanted to know what their first memory was? How old they were? How old were their parents? Where were they born? What was their country like? What they thought about religion and politics. I asked them if they were happy? Did they know what the "Super Bowl" was? Did they believe in UFO's? They probably thought I was a nut! I've met the most incredible people from all over the world. I met a Pilot from New York and a Filipino airline Attendant. There was an American from Colorado and a Cobble Stone Layer from Finland. Lots of Frenchmen and a Chef from Italy. I met a beautiful girl from Holland a backpacker from Australia and a Cambodian from Long Beach. The Khmer people I met were very polite, hard working and eager to be helpful and accommodating. I will never forget the wonderful smiles and shouts of "hello" everywhere I turned. I saw half of Cambodia and look forward to seeing the rest of this magnificent diverse country. My favorite place is the Seaside town of Sihanouk Ville. Great beaches full of people and vendors or secluded islands nearby. The mountains and rolling hills of Mondulkiri and the fasinating ethnic villagers will never be forgotten. A swim in the cool clear waters of Crater Lake or undeneath the refreshing waterfalls in Ban lung will be missed. For some reason I was driven to visit Cambodia and glad that this was my destination. I want more then ever to continue my travels. This adventure has only driven me more then ever to return. I have a better understanding of life and what is really important. I have so much more to learn. Such a wonderful people for all that they have endured. Cambodia is filled with natural resources and ancient wonders. This should be on everybody "before I die" places to visit.
I have signed a 6 month contract with a Piping Company in Fontana California. I am in charge of Sales and Marketing. At the end of the contract I plan on returning to Cambodia. There are so many opportunities I will be looking at making Cambodia my Final Destination. Thanks to everybody that went along with me. I will continue to post pictures of my whereabouts...stay tuned.
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