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What a wonderful world this is!

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I find when I’m traveling, I will follow the worst advice possible, all for the sake of a picture. When this man told me to stick a banana in my mouth and feed the water buffalo, it didn’t even seem like the worst idea in the world. Hmmm…and it wasn’t even on my bucket list!

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My husband asked me to sit between two Egyptian guards holding automatic weapons at the Valley of the Kings, and THAT didn’t even seem like such a bad idea. At least one of the men was smiling. It’s for the sake of a picture–so what could go wrong???

And I never expected to have to go all the way to Saigon to have a stranger give me bunny ears. Now that was a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, for sure! In New Zealand, a Maori was showing me the fine points of spear throwing–unfortunately it didn’t go too well.

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Above is a famous opera singer in Beijing, but don’t ask me her name. She was at the same Peking Duck Restaurant we were at, and she gave me a flower of spun sugar. It was exciting because there were all sorts of photographers snapping ‘our’ photo together, but unfortunately, I don’t get the Beijing Daily, so I never saw the picture.

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Above, are pictures of a classroom in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, and I was privileged to be able to share some school supplies with the children. For me this was a particular thrill, because even though the classroom wasn’t as modern as the classroom where I taught back home, it still had that familiar feeling of a school where children were eager to learn.

Below we were in Bangkok and fortunate to view a wedding and a monk praying in the temple. These snapshots of other people’s lives make me imagine what their stories are and how their lives might turn out.

 

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This cow below was strolling down the street in Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located. Looking in the background, you’ll see familiar Coca-Cola ads as well as an Internet Café, adding to the consensus that it’s a small world after all. And then there is the fishmarket in Thailand. I know we must seem as exotic to this little girl below as much as she does to us.

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Above, is a picture of a young woman in her home in Cambodia. I feel blessed when people from other countries kindly allow a glimpse into their world. I wish I could know all their stories and write about each one. It’s easy to get wrapped up in our own lives and forget people from other countries have realities completely different from our own and that their cultures are every bit as valid as ours. When looking into the faces of others, I realize our need for food, shelter, love, and security in our lives make us much more the same than different. When we share a world, there’s far more to connect us than separate us. If only government leaders would choose to understand this as well!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share a few snapshots of the world viewed through my eyes.

Bren

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