REFLECTING ON THE FLOATING VILLAGE

We thought they might have a system; but they don’t. The water goes straight from the toilet to the lake. What yesterday looked charming, today seems dangerous and unhealthy. When answering our question regarding where they get the water from, they tell us that it depends on how lazy you are. If you are not, you take your boat to sail inside the lake for 10 minutes or so and you get fresh water for cooking, washing and bathing. If you are, you take it from the front of you house.
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While we are having this conversation, we are overtaken by a house pulled by a small boat. Looking around, we notice that now we have a different landscape and many more houses surround us. This dynamic skyline changes every day adapting different shapes according to the resize of the lake. The smaller the lake, the further the houses travel, in order to keep on floating. This adjustable feature is also very curious to experience when you go in the boats, and the drivers just push the houses, making wider and narrower channels to pass by.

Coming back to land, we can notice the Vietnamese presence in the boards; we knew the Vietnamese community populates this villages and that they trend to remain isolated enhancing their separate identity, but we ignored that there were also Khmer people living in them and that the two collectives live apart.

We feel like developing many activities in Kampong Luong, but any of them would need a lot more time than a couple of days. We’re a bit shocked by the experience. New ideas for projects come to our mind… but it is getting late; we spend the night in Krakor recharging batteries to get to Pursat tomorrow.

Date: 8 Feb Skills: ISL - LSE, ON WHEELS, the route

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