It been almost 15 years since my first visit to SE Asia – to Thailand and Cambodia. I had romantic images of lush, green rice fields filled with water buffaloes with a child riding on its back slowing vanishing off into the sunset. A land filled with wonder which would allow me to find a connection, that sense of belonging, which I longed for as child growing up in the corn fields of rural, white Iowa. What I experienced deeply sadden and confused me. I couldn’t find the words to describe my emotions.

I was younger then, less refined and very ignorant about the cultural, social and political complexities of SE Asia. I only looked with my biases and assumptions. Over time, after several more trips to Cambodia, this land of contrast opened my mind and heart to its wonder, its complex social challenges and its resilience… 32 days before we depart. Another ordinary journey, another ordinary process, another ordinary day but filled with extraordinary moments…