When this post goes out, I’ll have 150 days, 6 hours and 35 minutes left in Cambodia. That’s five months, to the day. It’s diminishing so quickly and it makes me think about what I want to still do while here:
- have a music lesson;
- learn to cook some Cambodian food (properly, like Cambodians do it);
- learn the longest alphabet in the world (I’m getting there!);
- learn a passage of the Bible in Khmer of by heart;
- go to Battambang;
- go to Mondulkiri;
- perhaps see some dolpins.
However, if these things don’t happen, I won’t be particularly upset. My time in Cambodia has been fantastic. So far I have
- Seen a silk farm;
Got a girlfriend;
- Planted rice;
- Seen the floating villages on the Tonle Sap;
- Been to some of the thousands of beautiful, ancient temples in Cambodia;
- Seen the salt flats and pepper plantations of Kampot;
- Eaten crickets, a tarantula and durian;
- Seen the boat races and fireworks of the Water Festival;
- Been to a Khmer wedding;
- Been to a part of a Khmer funeral;
- Seen various Apsara dances (the best one was when my students did it- they were amazing!);
- Attended various Khmer churches;
- Learnt some Khmer;
- Learnt to ride, kick-start and fall-off a motorbike (not necessarily in that order).
It’s been really amazing. But most of all, it’s probably the small daily interactions with the friends I’ve made and the people I’ve met.
So, here’s to another five months!