:ROADSIDE SMILE, SRA YONG VILLAGE, CAMBODIA:
On our two hour drive north east from Siem Reap into the sparsely populated Cambodian countryside, we passed only one gathering of people large enough to call a village. The landscape was dry and harsh, not the lush green abundance I had remembered from my last trip to Cambodia many years previous. It seemed as if it hadn't rained for months, the roads were dusty, the fields were cracked and dry, and the sun was beating down overhead baking the already thirsty ground. Not far from our final stop of Koh Ker and the many temples we had set out to visit, we stopped at a lifeless little gas station in the middle of nowhere. I got out of our caravan to stretch my legs and instantly the heat overwhelmed. Straining my eyes into the sun, I saw a little roadside shop across the street and in the front yard was a family preparing food for sale. I headed across with my camera to get a closer look and instantly all their faces lit up. They were smiling from ear to ear at having visitors, which I assume are not very common out here. The had some make-shift netting overhead in an attempt to provide shelter from the sun. I'm not sure it gave them much respite, but it did create some fantastic shadows as the light danced between the openings in the canvas. We couldn't communicate with words, but this girl was so excited to have her photo taken and as I showed her the first capture on the back of my camera she smiled even impossibly wider. I quickly stepped back and got this shot of her, not a care in the world despite the heat and harsh surroundings. You can see pure joy in these impromptu countryside smiles and they usually are the most sincere you'll find.
Front Yard Shop Near Sra Yong Village, Cambodia.
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I will cross the China sea anytime for this quaint Coloane Village with its pastel Portuguese-style houses, cobblestones, vintage & narrow lanes. 🧚🏻♀️
Stopping in front of St. Francis Xavier chapel, built 1928. .