It becomes apparent rather quickly that for many people the main means of transportation
is via bike or small motorbike, whether that is a child going to school, an adult
off to work, or a farmer making his way to a different field. Also, due to the mid-day
heat, many schools get out at about noon and many jobs take off a couple hours during
the hottest hours of the day. This often means school and working hours begin very
early and working hours can often times go well into the evening, as can private
Free time in Cambodia is often spent with family as few people make enough money
to have an excessive amount of discretionary income. This means evenings, weekends,
and time off of work are often spent in the home with family, out in the community
at a market, or playing sports with friends from school.
The people of Cambodia generally identify as Khmers, which
is an identity based upon ethnicity, language, and religion above all else. The
ethnic Khmers are generally Buddhist, but many of these people today struggle to
define this identity in more detail as their past has been one that many people
feel ashamed of as they seek a new path in the future. Due to past of violence,
takeovers, and civil wars, many people are attempting to redefine Khmer to exclude
politics and magnify culture, but there is no consensus on this direction or even
what aspects of the culture should be defined. Oddly, most ethnic minorities in
the country actual shift the other direction and identify as Khmers as they know
identifying as Khmer will get them more opportunities in the country, even if they
are not ethnic Khmers; this is leading to a slow loss of minority languages and
cultures in Cambodia. So, generally speaking, most people identify as being "Khmer,"
but how this term is defined differs wildly from individual to individual or from
group to group.