That is exactly the way I felt when I went to Thailand. There was actually a resort being built behind one single lean-to where someone lived beside the road there. It was amazing. I couldn't believe what I was seeing at the time. But since I've returned I see how the experience opened my eyes to the things we do that are the same here in America.
I'm glad you got to put that course together! I can't wait to see you and Laura in action together!