Out of place

Yesterday we went to a large mall just like a mall you would see back home. There was a McDonald’s knock off where some of us ate. I had chicken nuggets and a pop. Others had burgers. It was very familiar, but it felt just wrong. It was the only big building we went into which was entirely air-conditioned. Escalators brought people from floor to floor and just about everything was sold there. It was out of place because everywhere else we’ve been here in Cambodia is so different. Markets contain small stalls where bartering takes place, tuk tuks take the place of taxi’s, motorcycles replace cars, and stairs dominate escalators and elevators (or 5 story hotel has no elevator). Restaurants are small affairs, and serve only Asian food.
At this mall, it was like the west had invaded.

– Theo Voss


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