It is my last day in Cambodia, and I'm having one of those distinctly unique Cambodian experiences. I'm sitting in an internet cafe named, "Facebook Net," using my own laptop to download some iTunes TV shows to watch on my interminably long flight tonight. There is a 20-ish years old man in the stall next to me. He has surprisingly good English and has spoken to me a few times. If I had to venture a guess, I'd guess this man is possibly autistic judging by his social behaviors, which is why his excellent English is really throwing me off. He's sitting there freestyle rapping on the computer over top what sounds like Britney Spears. But I'm not up on my Southeast Asian pop stars, so I could be wrong about that. This is truly a peculiar moment.
What would have taken 5 minutes to download at home has taken over an hour to download here. Facebook Net is overrun with World of Warcraft players, and the bandwidth is not stellar in here. But a girl must have something to do on her 21 hour flight, right?
The real world is waiting at home, and I'm a little bit afraid of it. Bills, interviews, jobs, calls, housework, all that stuff you just don't have to deal with in the developing world. But at the same time, I'm done with my work here and ready to go. Is the real world ready to take me back though? I guess we'll find out in about 24 hours.
Just moments after I typed this original post, an even more uniquely Cambodian experience happened there in the Facebook Net. The dude was freestyle rapping, and then suddenly got quiet. For a moment it felt like business as usual in there. Then spontaneously, and out of the blue, the entire cafe started singing the "Smurfs" theme song together. (lalalalalalalalala- admit it, you're singing it now too) And just as strangely as it started, it just stopped. For a minute there I looked around the room absolutely convinced I was on candid camera. Things like that just don't happen. But I saw nothing. Totally bizarre moment.