Small Children at the Big Entrance, Cambodia

I know why I took this photo.

The rain has just stopped. We were approaching one of the entrances to Ta Prohm, Cambodia.

The two lines of columns on both sides of the road were impressive. The puddles on the stained color road reflected part of the surrounding were also interesting. I like the green foliage on the trees and also the fallen leaves on the ground.DSC_0264

However, they were not my reasons for taking the picture.

There were two small children on the right side of road edge. I didn’t have the faintest idea why they were there; they look so tiny when compared with the columns and trees.

They were the reason for taking this photo.

I was wondering why they were on the street, why they were not cared for by their parents. My mind wandered far and wide. Could they have been orphaned by the civil war? I have seen many children and adults there maimed as a result of accidentally contacting the mines left over from the war.

Or is this  just a normal thing to let children wander on the street. I don’t know.  . . . . . . . . . . . As a tourist, I knew I have to move on and I could only say in my heart – take care, children!

For every trip, there are two journeys – a physical one which will end when the trip ends, and also a sentimental journey which will never end.

83 thoughts on “Small Children at the Big Entrance, Cambodia

  1. This is a very impressive photo! You are right about the sentimental journey. This is something that makes me look forward to old age….

  2. How beautifully written 🙂 I am a mother and Grandmother-My heart breaks for the childrem. They are so innocent in this world of power and Greedy men 😦 There is so much suffering in the world. Is the world ever going to be safe from the evil of man????

  3. The kids usually are selling stuff. They claim its to pay for school, but from what I understand, usually all money goes to an adult and never to the kids. Its sad. But a great picture. I love Cambodia, even though the poverty is everywhere.

    • Hi Michael, I think many countries abuse children or use them as child labor. I hope this is not the case for the children in the photo. Thank you for the comment 🙂

  4. The children certainly give perspective to the size of those columns! Maybe the children, (hopefully) were on their way to a friend’s house, or to Grandmas? Wonderful picture!

    • Hi Michele, I would also like to think in an optimistic way. The children seem to dressed well; but there is no way of asking them because of the language barrier. Thank you 🙂

    • Yes, there are always something which we don’t have our answer if we think from our perspective. I always hope that our travels will enlighten us. Thank you 🙂

  5. “For every trip, there are two journeys – a physical one which will end when the trip ends, and also a sentimental journey which will never end.” Touching photo and sentiment, plus words to remember.

  6. This is a beautiful photo unlike many that are seen of this scene. The water on the road gives it a special touch. And your thoughts are very special as well.

  7. The children in the photo really change the perspective, both photographically and emotionally. I really didn’t grasp just how big those columns were until I saw the children plus they add a vulnerability to the whole scene. Great photo.

  8. Glad the typhoon is over. I live here in Florida and for 6 months out of the year we receive hurricane instructions nearly every day – from every media. So I knew – living where you do – you would know how to take precautions. Good to see things back to normal.

    • Hi gpcox, yes, we know how to take precautions. Sometimes, you knw that a super typhoon is coming and although you have taken the necessary precautions, you know there is nothing you can do to the typhoon trajectory or the force of the wind. All you can do is to wait until it lands. Thank you for your kind concern 🙂

  9. For every trip there are two journeys……. your photos are always a pleasure but this time I must comment one the last lines. They are so good and I see I am not the only one that liked them. Enjoy your travels, I do.

    • After 21 months of blogging, I think words come more easily – I am able to say what / how I feel. This was just my feeling when I was almost finishing off my post. Thank you , Jack 🙂

  10. I haven’t dropped by in a while, but as always when I do I am greeted with beautiful photos and words; you keep a lovely blog

  11. I like your reflection on the essence of travel. I will be traveling to Cambodia at the end of the month, and I too am often amazed at the lingering emotions after a trip. I anticipate my upcoming trip to be amazing for this reason. Thanks for sharing

    • I think my story has two sides, the small children and the grand entrance. I was also impressed by the grand entrance but was also concerned with the children. Glad that you like the image and story. Regards, Michael

  12. Reblogged this on Travel Unites and commented:
    Today’s thoughts are not my own. They are re-blogged from RetireeDiary, a blog in which Michael Lai posts various photos he has taken with brief comments about what makes each picture special. What follows is blatant copy and paste from his page, with his permission.

    His comments struck me as so touching, human and universal the thoughts that sprang up have kept coming back to me for days. I hope they sound a chord for you as well.

    He wrote:

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  15. Your pictures are beautiful. I love your thoughts on this one in particular. It is so true….journeys of the body and journeys of the heart. Thank you for sharing your thoughts….they have made me think.

  16. Great Photo The combination of red and green is always a strong contrast. Finally, the two colors are so complementary. And the wetness on the bottom acts as a mirror through which we see the sky. Really well done.

  17. I love your end line: “For every trip, there are two journeys – a physical one which will end when the trip ends, and also a sentimental journey which will never end.” — Though I would call it emotional and spiritual as well as sentimental. 🙂

    • In my original draft, I said ” also a mental journey . . . ” – I do agree it is always somewhat emotional and sometimes even spiritual. Thanks for your thoughtful comment 🙂

  18. There are things we see when we travel that we cannot investigate and may always wonder about, or wish we could have done something about. It’s good that you bring this up. That in itself is a good thing.

    • Sometimes, the language barrier is indeed a problem. In this case, I could have asked the children in their language, if I knew their language. Regards, Michael

  19. Very fine photo. The children are hard to spot at first, this adds to the mystery. It’s an important challenge, to record details we don’t understand while traveling, and to leave questions in peoples’ minds. Well done,

    • I should have given more hints about the whereabouts are the children, they may look too tiny on the screen ( I have a big screen and therefore wasn’t a problem). Thanks for the comment 🙂

    • Hi Michael, I think that’s exactly why this photo works with your story, because the children are not noticeable straight away… There’s a lesson in there 🙂

    • I must admit that the images of the children are quite small , although they appear bigger on my 23″ screen. When I draft the post, I was wanting to say, one small child was in white Tee Shirt but forgotten about it. But as you say, that is more intriguing, readers try to spot them. Regards, Michael

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