Today Cambodia struggles with many issues, many of which the people I spoke with attribute to the Khmer Rouge, the subsequent Vietnam occupation, and results of instability over the past forty years. At the same time, people smile a lot. Kids ask if you listen to Justin Bieber, and yell hello from their stilted homes as you float by on the Mekong River.
There is much more to Cambodia than the temples and the Khmer Rouge. There is food, there is family, there are the ways people go about learning to be satisfied with what life has dealt them so far.