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Approaching a hilltribe village on a trek through the mountains of Pai

(written on April 18, 2010) On the second day of our trek, we headed into another village.  After hiking through the jungle for an hour or two, we approached the first village, which was surrounded by a wooden fence.  One of the coolest sights is hiking up and down mountains and then sighting a village seemingly in the middle of nowhere!

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Along the river in Kompong Khleang

I headed to the floating village of Kompong Khleang today with a few other couchsurfers.  It was a nice tuk tuk ride through the countryside and then a peaceful boat ride down the river to the Tonle Sap lake where the village was located.  Along the river, I spotted this man alone on his tractor.  I quickly shot a picture and did not think too much about the composition, but when I was going through the photos on my computer there was just something about this picture that I loved!

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The girls putting on a little show just for the camera!

I had the chance to volunteer at a school construction site in Phnom Penh.  My couchsurfing host knew a guy that had decided to start up a school in a bad part of the capital city.  I jumped at the chance to help out and spent the day digging a huge ditch.  Isn’t that an amazing way to spend a day on vacation?  In the extremely hot sun, smashing a shovel into the ground.

Well, for me, it was.  It was so amazing to be a part of something bigger.  There were so many volunteers all doing the same thing I was doing and the atmosphere was indescribable.  Everyone helping each other to help the greater cause.  I loved it! 

It was located in a small village outside of town.  There were adorable little kids running around (we weren’t deceived though because apparently they have stolen some of Isaac’s tools the little rats) and I was able to get this shot of the girls playing around.  I unfortunately also got a shot of them dropping the girl in the picture, but I decided for the fun-filled photo instead.

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Aperature: f5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec.

Like I mentioned in earlier posts, I have decided that I’m going to be more aggressive with photographing the locals.  On my bike ride today I stopped to take a picture of this house and the little girl came running out.  I just keep getting lucky!! She was so adorable and a little unsure about who this “farang” was and what I was doing.  I just smiled and quickly snapped a few pictures and as I started on my bike again she started smiling, laughing and waving. 

I’ve noticed that as long as I smile a lot and look as harmless as possible they don’t mind!

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