Things Cambodian people miss when they’re abroad
Several weeks ago, the Spanish correspondent, Juan, wrote a blog about the things Spanish people miss when they’re abroad. Inspired by the article, this blog post also lists the things Cambodians miss when abroad, especially when “abroad” means a different continent.
Cambodia is one of the countries that produce the best rice in the world. There is rice abroad too, but they don’t taste the same. Our rice is sticky, soft and has some sweetness inside. You just feel it in your mouth.
Palm trees, rice fields and cows are everywhere outside the city. People who always love being in the city probably don’t miss this scenery that much, but this is the go-to atmosphere when one needs a break. Most people have family members in the countryside, so this kind of relaxing and calming view remains really close to their heart.
This is so obvious; who doesn’t miss tropical fruits that satisfy your heart and soul? But let me list just a few that I miss a lot.
Part of the reason we miss night markets is the food. But we also miss Cambodian souvenirs.
Sunrise or sunset
Everyday is pretty much the same. The sun rises at around 5:45AM and sets at around 5:45PM. In North America, or Europe, the sunrise and sunset times change every month and when the worst comes, there is no sun. We miss the regularity.
Khmer New Year, Pchum Ben (in commemoration of our ancestors), Water Festival… you name it, we miss it!