Until my ship sailed to Sihanoukville I did not even know that such a town existed. Cambodia is usually all about Angkor Wat and being the blind tourist that I am, I had never thought about the places that lie beyond.\nSihanoukville is one of the main cities in Cambodia. As a country Cambodia is in the early stages of industrial development and so the atmosphere is one where the people are still bonded to each other and not their material possessions.\nUsually, in any city, one of the places that I visit is the market as it reveals the life of the local people. The interactions, the things they buy and sell, the mix of the buyers ad sellers, all offer some insight into their days.\nI had heard my children say once, of one of the cities that they had visited in Canada that everyone is so nice \u2013 they all greet each other and smile even strangers they meet on the road. And they lamented that this culture was absent elsewhere. Their observation stayed on my mind and I often thought about the factors that lead society to either be overtly pleasant / to give up its pleasantries.\nIn Sihanoukville, I did not hear any \u2018Good Morning\u2019 or \u2018Thank you\u2019 or \u2018Excuse me\u2019.\u00a0 These were the words taught to us as signs of courteousness / good manners and conversely it also meant that failing to say these implied bad manners.\nThen in market, as I observed people going about their daily lives, I saw that in the most crowded places, they\u2019d make place for one more. They\u2019d step aside for a man carrying a burden. Children of strangers were attended to in times of need.\u00a0 No words of formal pleasantry were exchanged. Yet everyone acted in a way to help each other.\nHere I realised that people can express politeness and courtesy by acting gracefully in complete silence in every single act of their lives instead of through spoken words.\n***\nHere are some pictures of the streets of Sihanoukville. In these photos, one might find the simple charm of another world, or one may find things that are \u2018I couldn\u2019t do that\u2019\u00a0 \u2013 it depends on the mindset.\n\nTHE TRANSPORT\nThe means of carrying goods & people are unique in Cambodial! The motorcyle-taxi \u2013 with the passenger-carriage being drawn by the motorbike is so innovative!\n\nThe motorcycle -taxi\n\n \u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 \n\n\n\n\nHammocks for the Taxi Drivers to rest in.\n\nThe petrol points must have been further out in the city creating a little business opportunity for this man.\n\nPetrol Point\n\n\nTHE MARKET\nSelling everything under the sun \u2013 from Gold & clothes to flowers & food. Many of the foods / fruits I have never seen before even though I live in the same region.\n\n\nFish Otak Snack\n\n\u00a0\u00a0 \nWhere one can get oneself weighed for a little money.\n\nSale of things that one offers to ancestors: Incense, paper money, toy houses etc.\n \nThe diet, based on the supply in this market appears to be mainly seafood \u2013 fresh as well as dried.\n\n\n\n \u00a0 \u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \n \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \nWomen Butchers\n\n\u00a0 \nA hammock for the shopkeeper in case he gets tired of selling.\n\n \nRepackaged oil \u2013 put in affordable little \u20183-day\u2019 packs.\n \u00a0 \nThe preferred mode of carrying weight seemed to be the shoulder beam from which the baskets filled with goods hung. So much physics in daily life!\n\nThe traveling salesman\n\n\n\nHot snacks for shoppers\n\n\n \u00a0 \u00a0\u00a0 \nA little Bakery\n\n \u00a0 \u00a0\u00a0 \nAnd finally the most endearing photos of Sihanoukville:\nA toy seller with her infant \u2013 that shows that in the end we all are the same.\n\n\njm\nApril 2015\nThe Charm of Small Town \u2013 Sihanoukville, Cambodia\nThe post The Charm of a Small Town \u2013 Sihanoukville, Cambodia appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.