Monthly Archives: April 2011

What it looks like

In that time back when I was waiting to leave for the Peace Corps, I felt like there was a magical two-year black hole looming in my future. I was planning my last few months in America and visualizing my … Continue reading

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Culture Shock, Malay Style

It has now been just over nine months since I left the U.S. For those of you who currently live in and/or have visited rural Cambodia, you might understand how, upon landing in Kuala Lumpur, I spent my first few … Continue reading

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Props

I just wanted to give some props to my grade 12 students for surviving their first round of exams (before the final one in June).  This one involved three days of exams in ten subjects for a total of 17 … Continue reading

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Party Time

Here’s a little treat from a party we had at my school to celebrate the upcoming Cambodian New Year.  This event was also the motivation behind my surrendering myself to have my hair crimped, fake eyelashes glued on, and hot … Continue reading

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A Matter of Time

Today I was running some errands in the city – getting my teeth cleaned, dropping some things off at the post office, eating some non-Cambodian food, etc. Since I rolled over on my glasses while I was in the hospital, … Continue reading

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We Don’t Know

Some days, it’s easy to forget that almost every person in Cambodia over the age of 30 has experienced major trauma.  The other night, my host mom told me about the war – my first real talk about the Khmer … Continue reading

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Traffic

A quick Google search for the Honda Dream link in my last post turned up this article that gives quite an accurate depiction of traffic in Cambodia.  Those are the very highways I share with trucks piled twice their height, … Continue reading

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