Laura Mina here. As Caroline’s visitor and younger sister, I decided that it would be fun to make a guest-appearance on C&T’s blog.
After graduation from the University of Victoria at the end of March, I chose to squeeze in a trip to Cambodia to see my big sis and open my eyes to something completely different than Victoria, university textbooks and North American culture. What a journey it has been so far!
The first (and biggest) highlight of my trip was obviously to see Caroline again. We ran at each other in the airport and I swung her around in my arms. Caroline and Tyson have been incredibly hospitable and it’s been wonderful having adventures with them both.
Phnom Penh is a busy and booming place. Immediately upon leaving the airport, we hopped into a Tuk Tuk and I was able to experience Cambodia’s driving conditions first hand. To a foreigner’s eyes, the roads here appear to have zero rules and regulations and intersections look like death traps. Motos, Tuk Tuks, giant SUVs and pedestrians veer around each other, however, soon it is obvious that there is a system to the roads, and for the most part, it works. People just wait their turn and drive when they see a gap in traffic. (Also, no red lights means less idling – something that can only be good!) I’ve loved riding on the back of the motos, which has only rekindled my desire for a motorcycle…(sorry Mom and Dad!)