There was an interesting article in the ‘Cambodian Daily’ the other day. It was talking about how Cambodia is growing, but it still has a long way to go. It was referring to the annual report put out the previous day by the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). I was quite interested, seeing as how I had chosen to make Cambodia my home for the past 6 months. Here are a few of the more interesting notes:
• “The least developed countries of the region: Afghanistan, Cambodia, & Myanmar, also have the largest infrastructure deficits”. Riding my motorcycle around the country and in Thailand and Laos, I can attest to that last part!
• The ESCAP report notes that: Only 24% of Cambodians have access to electricity, 64% have access to clean water, and 31% have access to proper sanitation.
• They also noted that Cambodia has one of the highest proportions of undernourished people at 17.1%
Yet despite all of it’s problems, the people here seem so happy and are so friendly. I wouldn’t have done anything differently and I am very pleased to be able to say: “I’ve lived in Cambodia”.
When I’ve been out and about, I will usually ‘try’ to remember to snap a photo with my iPhone. I love how it gps tags the photos with latitude and longitude, so it can map the photo. It gives me a record of exactly where I’ve been, not that I would forget! I wanted to show you a sample of my travels over the last 6 months, while being based here out of Phnom Penh.
Note: I am using the ‘Hipstomatic’ camera app, which allows me to change films, but there’s no zoom. It is also square with borders.
So, following is a map of SEAsia with the tags (locations) of the snap shots that follow it. I look at each photo and I can put myself back to the exact time and place I took it. I grant you, this post is my own personal log, so thanks for letting me indulge myself.
( All Blog Post Photos: © Bartay )