Some places just have that feel. The feel that can change everything. Surround you with contentment. "Smiley Bungalows" did just this. The setting, the people, smiling children, treehouse room, tubing in the rain.
Apparently the energy created was reciprocal. Pandao, the little girl, was usually shy. But not with us.....immediately, she attached to Jason and me and followed us right into the treehouse.
What was is about this place that made it so different? So much positive energy. Everyone in the group, just felt great. And I realized.....
Realized that often times these defining moments on a trip are the ones that look most like ordinary life.
Pandao, sitting behind me in the chair, brushing my hair, showing me how she could count to 10, playing
with Jason, riding on a bike seated in front of him.
Paiwan, her mother, asking for help with
, telling how nervous she is to start her new tour and bring foreigners into the nearby school, expressing that she was up all night worrying.
Just simple, honest connections between people. It could be anywhere. Nearby, faraway, in my own home. Kind of brings traveling full circle. You don't always need the crazy, exotic adventures to achieve what you can also find in your daily life......as long as you are open to those discoveries each day.
on July 6, 2009
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It feels pretty amazing to be surrounded by people who exude positive energy :) Hope all continues to go well!
written by Trish on July 7, 2009
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