Day 162 - Goodbye My Friends

Trip Start Nov 07, 2010
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Trip End Jan 01, 2012


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Dany's Place

Flag of Cambodia  , Khétt Preăh Seihânŭ,
Monday, April 18, 2011

Today was a day of lethargy and indulgence. My time here is coming to a close, and with the impending journey to India just around the corner I've taken it upon myself to relax and enjoy the leisurely lifestyle of beach living while I still can.  A sort of mini vacation along my travels.  It’s been good to have some downtime; doing nothing but reading, relaxing with friends, napping on the beach and eating delicious food.  After finishing "The Time Traveler’s Wife" and catching a quick siesta, we all meet at Danny’s for dinner.  She’s just brought home two kilos of fresh prawns from the market and is whipping up something special for us tonight.  No stranger to shrimp po-boys back in Texas, I’ve tasted some amazing Creole style sandwiches, but what she put together for us that night was out of this world.  The biggest and most succulent shrimp, homemade coleslaw, a secret chili sauce and fresh squeezed lime on top of a toasted garlic baguette.  It was heaven in a bun.  After being properly fed, entertained and pampered, we all sat back in our lounge chairs and watched the crimson sun set over the horizon.  A stunning divided sky of tangerine and sapphire gave us the sensation of something special.  A gift from nature signifying the untapped magic of this corner of the world and our place within it.  Serene, blissful, beautiful beyond belief - peace found and attained in this moment of time - everyone was silent but it was clear what we were all thinking.  How lucky we are to be here now.  How blessed our lives are to experience the sheer joy and beauty of being in a place like this.  How fortunate we’ve become to have met such incredible people and share this sliver of existence in all its glory.  We looked around at each other, smiles on our faces and a spark of unconditional compassion in our eyes.  The random acts of fate and spontaneity bringing us together, seemingly by some unknown plan beyond our comprehension.  I truly love these people who’ve shared this time in Cambodia with me, and will always keep them in my thoughts and heart.  As I move forward on this journey, unrelenting and ever changing, I’m sad to say goodbye to those I’ve come so close to - their lives and my own changed from the experience - but in that sorrow comes relief.  To know how deeply the bonds of friendship have been formed in such a short time.  To share in the simple pleasures of all that life has to offer, and to see the culmination of a peaceful and giving heart, to reap the rewards of right thinking and right living.  It’s sublime in its realization and yet another sign that I’m on the right path.  Goodbye Cambodia, goodbye my friends.  You have shown me a better way, and I will never forget the times I shared here with the people I loved.
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