What things do you do to relieve your stress?
I've been blessed to live in a part of Canada with only a 30 minute drive to the rocky mountains. I have always been able to find solace in nature by hiking through the mountains. Although it is very peaceful, nothing helps me blow off steam like shooting some guns. Hunting and shooting has always been a part of my life and growing up in a small town almost makes it a right of passage. When I had the opportunity to visit one of the crazy shooting ranges in Cambodia it was everything I dreamed it would be. I threw a few hand grenades into a pond and shot a k-57 belt felt machine gun. Needless to say I had a smile on my face for a while after.
DID YOU KNOW? If shooting at cars and gasoline tanks isn't enough for you, the cambodian firing ranges can offer you the unique but morbid experience of shooting a live animal such as a chicken and even a cow 😱 Holy cow, I hope you like your steaks well done.
PIRATE TIP: The firing range in Cambodia is the only place in the world that allows tourists to shoot an RPG/Rocket Launcher. So if being a bad @$$ is on your bucketlist then head on over to Cambodia.
While I am superthankful to now be in Vietnam, I am looking back at an amazing week in what is now my favourite country, Cambodia. The calmth and peace of the rural areas, the kindness of the people, the whole atmosphere, I loved every minute of it.
I came to @hariharalaya to feel at home in my body and find my innerpeace. While I’m still not there yet, I am beyond grateful for the lessons and especially the people I met here. Words cannot describe the emotions I am feeling right now. From the bottom of my heart: THANK YOU ✨💫
What country has given you the most culture shock while traveling?
Up until I had travelled to South-east Asia, I had only ever traveled around the United States and Italy. Both of which are very developed. When I arrived in Cambodia I had no idea the level of poverty I was going witness. I was shocked by the living conditions most people called home and how for many, this was their means of transportation. My western preconceived notion is that people who live like this must be miserable, but I couldn't have been farther from the truth. The thing that amazed me was even though many lived in what I would consider poverty, the people were always so friendly and welcoming and never complained. It vividly opened my eyes to how our western culture is so focused on the accumulation of wealth and that our society equates happiness with abundance. Thankfully Cambodia taught me that way of thinking is complete and utter bull💩 It's all in the eye of the beholder. As long as their is food in your belly and a roof over your head, happiness can be found.
DID YOU KNOW? 90% of Cambodia’s 4.8 million poor people live in rural areas. Most of them depend on agriculture for their livelihood, but 12 percent of them do not own land.
PIRATE TIP: Because of the poverty in Cambodia, many scams are aimed at tugging on the heart strings of tourists. You will occasionally run into a young woman holding a baby asking for money to buy formula. Do not, I repeat do not ever give out money to anyone. Unfortunately much of the money made is not for good intentions. If you want to give to the poor then buy them a meal or clothes or something tangible that they need. Never give out money. Many times I have offered to buy the young women formula and she would get upset and keep asking for money and that's when I knew it was a scam. Be smart out there on your travels. Good intentions unfortunately can lead to bad results.
What would you rate 10/10?
Definitely my wife 😉 and besides the Angkor Wat Ruins in Cambodia (featured in this picture) there is a restaurant about a 30 minute drive from where I live in the most random of places. This restaurant called the Cattle Baron sits in a small hamlet called Babb Montana and is basically the gateway into the Many Glaciers National Park. They serve the biggest and most juiciest steaks that I have ever seen. They are the size of my face and they come with a side of potatoes, onions, salad, a loaf of sour dough Bread and honey butter. Its sooooo good. It costs $50 a American but it is worth every penny. There are a lot of things I would rate out of 10 but the reason why I mention this steak is because it is tradition for my birthday every year to drive down across the border and have my birthday dinner steak. My birthday is in 4 days so I'm pretty dang excited. Not so much because it is my birthday but because I get the steak. I will take a picture of it and post it after.
DID YOU KNOW? The world most expensive steak is the 2000 vintage cote de boeuf (rib steak) at a cost of $3200. That's a lot bacon for such little beef.
PIRATE TIP: To get the best quality steak always cook it fresh never frozen. Also, of you want to truly tell if your steak is medium rare, or how ever you like it done, you have to cut it in the middle to see the layering. If you cut on the edge it will be deceiving because that part gets cooked the most so it will always look well done.