Our journey has been a bumpy ride so far and I love it. It’s the only way I know how to grow. Fall, get up and try again. It’s not so much about the places we have seen. It’s about us. Me. Him. Trying to find a place for everything.
Battambang is when we realised we don’t need much to be happy. Every day has the potential to be an amazing day and everything you do is what you choose to do. This little Cambodian town awakened something in us and we haven’t been able to (or wanted to!) put it to sleep ever since. Every now and then we think back at that one day in Battambang and all we do is smile.
The year before we left was the hardest year both of us have ever gone through and we were in quite a state when we left. Little by little, everything is falling in to place. New ideas are starting to form and we are slowly making plans for the future, our future.
What happened that day in Battambang? What made that day the turning point of our journey?
Nothing really. We went for a swim in the morning. Dirtiest pool ever. Went out for lunch and had the best fried rice we’ve eaten as of yet. Our tuktuk driver for the day took us to the bamboo train. It was so much fun, sitting on a few pieces of bamboo, racing through the countryside over the dilapidated train tracks with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face.
From here, we went to a hill, I don’t even remember what was so special about that hill. But it had a cave and some temples and monkeys hanging around. Two fifteen-year old boys drove us up the hill on their scooters. They followed us around and we watched the sunset set with them. They told us a lot of stories about their lives and we ate ice cream. The best part of the day was just after sunset. Which was also when my camera died. There is a cave in the hill where 10 million bats dwell. They all come out at sunset, all 10 million of them. One of the best things I have ever seen. It was so beautiful and they just kept on coming. I’ve never seen anything like it. The sound, the smell and the whole sky filled with bats. Incredible.
When the tuktuk driver drove us back home, all we could do was smile because we both knew that this day that had lived up to its potential and had become one of the most amazing days we ever had.