Someone once said, “it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” That was certainly the case for Gemma Urban, who had no idea of the rules and couldn’t work out which team was in front, but had so much fun matching it with local kids in Cambodia…
“After weaving through the streets on a long hot day in Siem Reap, we (being the fabulous four Swedish, English and Australian gang) wandered into our haven. This was a little refuge on the main road, where they offer ice-cold refresher towels that are actually kept in the freezer for our comfort and pleasure.
Anyway, we enjoyed our local dishes and some took a break from the traditional fare, as this roadside cafe was also renowned for the best pizza for the best price in town! After a relaxing meal, we gave thought to the notion of using the internet cafe not far from where we were. But as we paid for our meal and left, within a few feet of the eatery was a huge gathering of young boys, girls and teens playing a game with thin sticks.
They were having the best time, laughing and enjoying each other’s company, it captivated us all. We were beckoned to take part, so we all joined in and played this remarkably simple game… which in turn gave each and every one of us delight.
The game probably had a name, but I didn’t catch it in all the excitement. There was something special about the process of the game too. It seemed to make people merrier the longer they played. We were all just so happy to be a part of the fun. Cambodia is a truly community spirited place!”
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* photo by Isabel Rossen – Intrepid Photography Competition