I’ve plenty of pictures of kids in SE Asia. All the way round the loop as we made our way from Thailand, through to Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. There’s just something about them that gets me. The joy and pure happiness in everything they do is contagious.
Just look at these three.
C and I were walking around the Cambodian temples in Siem Reap and saw these little ones jumping off a tree that was at least 5m high into what looked like a big puddle in the middle of a stream… Crazy stuff!
It was an absolute scorcher of a day and we were seriously considering joining in to cool down!
We stopped and watched for a good few minutes and they obviously started showing off their well practiced skills. You could see that this was their favourite pastime. Look at that proud smile after an awesome dive.
Back home people would panic and think this was ridiculously dangerous. I remember being a kid, growing up in Poland… We never had mobiles or any other ways to contact our parent. We just went out and played until dawn and came back for dinner sweaty, dirty and tired from all the fun that we had running around with no purpose.
I could see just that in those kids in Siem Reap. That pure joy and carelessness and thrill that perfecting their jumps brought them.
I loved it!