It’s funny to realize how little I really need to live. My one-room abode for the last five weeks has served me well. With a tiny refrigerator for cool water and tropical fruits; a toilet with its own tushie shower; a warm water heater for short showers; a fan for hot afternoons; a desk with a hot pot for tea, and the Dalai Lama for inspiration; a bed with pillows that work for morning yoga; a window for welcoming the bright sunny days at 6am; a converter for recharging computer, phone, camera, tablet; internet connection for communications and Skyping home; and a TV for watching the Australian open and occasional BBC news broadcasts. What more could anyone need? All for $15/night. And a friendly family below who welcome me each day and help me with Khmer phrases. Nice home away from home.
Today was winding down and saying some goodbyes. My lunch with Venerable Sam Art offered another surprise—an introduction to Mr Hakan Atasever, Executive President of Mekong Dialogue Institute. I’ll be on their website tomorrow as a special guest receiving their book, “Love and Tolerance.” Very nice connection. I made a quick visit to DC-CAM to say goodbye to Dalin, and a stop-over at Paññasatra University. A few weeks ago I met two Aussie women who were in Phnom Penh only for 3 days, and they had already had 3 massages each. This afternoon I finally got a massage! Khmer style—knees, elbows, feet all involved. Waked up those muscles that have been walking all over Phnom Penh. One hour, $8, ah. Then watching a full moon over the Tonle Sap, while enjoying dinner. Off to pack!