I’ve officially been in Cambodia for a month now. Part of me feels like I’ve been here forever, and part of me can’t believe I’ve already been here a month. Because I don’t have a big long post in me today, I’ve decided to give you two lists – new things I’ve done in Cambodia and things I miss about home. Maybe I’ll make this into a monthly thing. No promises on that though.

Things I’ve done:

– Eaten rice everyday
– Eaten pork everyday
– Gained a mother, 2 younger sisters, 1 younger brother, a grandmother, many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends who rarely understand what I’m saying, but are very patient
– Held many conversations in a brand new language
– Learned to always use my hands when I talk
– Worn a skirt almost everyday
– Gone to school six days a week every week
– Washed my laundry by hand
– Eaten rolls with some sort of green substance inside
– Gone to bed before 9:30 every night and gotten up by 6 everyday
– Been stared at a lot
– Shouted “hello” more times than I ever have in America
– Ridden my bike every single day
– Been in cars that narrowly missed hitting multiple people (only the Americans are bothered when this happens)

Things I miss:

– Eggs
– Portland restaurants
– Showing my knees and shoulders aka wearing shorts and tank tops
– Independence
– Though I’m not homesick yet, I miss my friends and family in America
– Cooking
– Hugs

I’m sure my lists will get longer in the 4 weeks I have left in training before I move to my permanent site. I’m still having a great time and learning tons? Thanks for reading. I’d love to hear from you.

20 days until kickoff. Go Ducks!


4 thoughts on “Lists

  1. Good post…and I’ve loved the pics..what an experience you are having!!! So different there…its so good to expand our ‘little bubbles’ we create in our lives. Proud of you…oh and I think the green substance in the rolls are snail gizzards 🙂

  2. Yeah, go Duckies. For your birthday we’ll be sending you some eggs, restaurants, shorts, tanktops, some independence, a friend and a family, a range, and a giant hug. We love you and miss you.

  3. We are sending you a big Monrovia HUG!!!! Can you feel it?? Try harder!!! We are squeezing very hard. Can you feel it??

    Love you so much!

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