Discovering the Sound of a Gecko: A Cultural Immersion Experience in Cambodia
Dive deep into my unexpected encounter with a gecko's unique sound during my travels in Cambodia and learn the cultural significance behind its call.
My Cultural Immersion Experience: The Sound of a Gecko
My Introduction to Cambodia and the Unexpected Sound
In school, subjects like biology never captivated me, which might explain why I had never come across a gecko or even knew it existed.
On my maiden voyage to Cambodia, I found myself in a hostel, embraced by the night's silence. Suddenly, a repetitive noise, eerily reminiscent of a radio beep, punctured the calm. Initially, I attributed the mysterious sound to a malfunctioning smoke alarm in my room.
Seeking Answers in the Midnight Hour
Driven by concern for potential hazards, I descended to the reception, seeking assistance. As fate—and Murphy’s law—would have it, the sound vanished upon the arrival of the night shift. However, it soon resumed, prompting me to ask, "Do you hear that? What's causing this?"
The receptionist's response took me by surprise. With a mix of amusement and disbelief, he said, "Sorry, sir, this is a gecko."
Now it was my turn for a unpleasant face. At first, I wondered if there was an electronic device named "gecko" in the room I was unaware of. But after a fruitless search on my phone and the receptionist's insistence, the truth dawned on me. The sound wasn't from a device; it was the call of a gecko!
My embarrassment was palpable, and my apologies to the receptionist were profuse. As I tucked myself in bed, the gecko's calls serenaded me, now feeling like the “music of nature.” Later, I discovered that if a gecko calls seven times, it's considered a sign of good luck in Cambodia.
Embracing New Lessons and Cultural Insights
This eye-opening cultural immersion experience taught me more than just about the gecko's call; it reinforced the beauty of travel and learning. Wishing you all good luck and delightful discoveries on your journeys.