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Feb 4, 2015 - Wednesday: The Floating City

After sleeping well, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast. There are a couple Europeans in this hotel, but I don't think anyone is American. Most people are Asian. That is probably why the oatmeal is muesli. I haven't had that since Rich and I traveled in Europe in 1975. I loved it then, and it tastes pretty darn good now. That and fresh fruit made my day. I've decided to leave my middle class guilt behind, accept my station in life and open my heart to the day and the people we would be meeting. I have even decided I'd love to come back to...

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Feb 3, 2015 - Tuesday: Angkor Wat

This morning was a tough start for me. I did not sleep well. Some of my closest friends know that I have been on and off friends with alcohol for quite awhile now. I trust it not. I don't know what it is about my particular body, but alcohol and me just don't mix. Remember the pictures of the beer last night? Ellery and Rich enjoyed their fair share. Me? Less than 10 oz., and though I felt fine as I had it with a meal, I awoke to a migraine at 4 a.m. Migraines make me nauseous to the point of throwing up. I did. Three times. Plus the rest...

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Mar 29, 2014 - An Update

Update So here is where we find ourselves in late-March of our ever evolving overseas experience. The dream job at my former school was far from it. In spite of a glorious mission, excellent funding, a beautiful facility, an incredible support staff, a talented and dedicated teaching staff, and the most marvelous students one could hope for, the is currently a horrendous place at which to work. Blame goes to their educational philosophy, mandates and practices required of teachers, and most importantly to current administration. Due to...

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Mar 9, 2014 - The Barber Shop

Haircuts Are Better in Cambodia I am at a point in the trip where I am missing many things American, and thoughts do sometimes drift to what will be good about getting home – whenever that may be. Through the internet I can catch live glimpses of the surf at my favorite Bay Area breaks. Ashamed to say, I probably know the daily surf conditions in the Bay Area, from 15,000 miles out, better than many local surfers do. Waves, ocean, and anything cool, are high on my “miss” list. (I have however done this enough times to know that once back,...

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Feb 15, 2014 - Cambodia Angkor Wat Siem Reap

What a GREAT DAY I went through 3 batteries on my pictures. We have another day...tomorrow...full Cannot wait. Than Monday downtown with reservations #1 trip advisor restaurant. We found it and they where so nice and they are so busy. Hope it is all we expect. Have some friends that may join us!!! hope to update faster just hard with internet!!!

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Feb 2, 2013 - Touring with Yoshi

Saturday, Feb. 2 Finally, I had to admit it--my new Canon camera with the 12x zoom lens was a lemon. From the get-go it went through AA batteries like they were going out of style, and last night during the flower festival, when I really needed it, it failed completely. With elephant riding coming up tomorrow, I had to buy a new camera fast. Yoshi, a Japanese guy who was my student at Camber College in 2009 and his girl friend Noht traveled on an overnight bus from southern Thailand and arrived at my hotel early this morning. We were going...

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Jan 29, 2013 - Buddhism and Money Matters

Prior to my arrival in Cambodia, I had only pre-booked the Angkor Pearl Hotel for two weeks since I didn’t want to commit to longer without seeing the place. When I asked to extend my stay, it was fully booked. Yesterday, I changed hotels to the Parklane, Tripadvisor’s 2013 winner of best bargain hotel in Siem Reap. It is next door to the Angkor Pearl but not nearly as nice. I much preferred the spacious room I had to leave. My room at the Parklane is tiny and I feel less secure here, in part because it is a larger hotel and much more...

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Jan 23, 2013 - Clumsy in Cambodia

Hi Kadence and Fellow Grade 3 Students, Have you wondered what happened to me?? I am fine and I will now fill you in on what I've been doing since I last wrote to you. The last email and picture I sent to you was from the Ho Chi Minh City airport. Do you remember that Ho Chi Minh City is in Vietnam and it used to be called Saigon? My travel mates and I got on an airplane and flew for only one hour to Siem Reap, Cambodia. This is another new country for me. Cambodia is next to Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. It is quite a small country--it's...

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Jan 22, 2013 - Teaching

Time is going quickly, and I am only in this country for a short while. On Tuesday morning, at my prompting, Chea joined me at the hotel to give me a list of how he would like to spend the money I raised. I need to be careful because he is involved in many other projects including building a sewing center in his home village. Previously, he had even mentioned he would like to get a motorbike rather than paying for tuk-tuks all the time. “The money I raised is not for the sewing center and not for a motorbike,” I said firmly. “It is for the...

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Jan 21, 2013 - Rested, Happy & Back to being me

I awoke after a full night's sleep and knew a page had turned; I had returned to being me--an optimist with something to give. Angela and I went on a tour to visit the floating village of Chong Kneas. There were five tourists, a guide and a driver in an air-conditioned van which was a nice change from a tuk-tuk. Just minutes from the city of Siem Reap, haphazard stilted shacks lined the riverside and numerous people stood knee-deep in the shallow muddy river with fishing nets. I couldn’t imagine eating anything that came from that water...

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Jan 20, 2013 - Sunrise, Temples & Friends

My vision of a decent sleep fell through when I woke at 2 am and could not fall back asleep. At four I dragged myself out of bed, showered and got dressed. Savuth showed up right on time at 5:20 am and we took off along the pitch black streets. The air was a little cool and the light cotton jacket I wore was perfect. As soon as we arrived at Angkor Wat, I realized my sleepy brain had forgotten two very important things: to change the batteries in my camera and to bring the flashlight I purchased yesterday. Talk about scatterbrained but...

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Jan 19, 2013 - Waiting for my best self

Many people travel much better than I; they recover from jet lag and time changes quickly and are able to sleep in their new location from the get-go. I wish... nevertheless, I don't allow my inability to rapidly adapt to prevent me from exploring the world because I know I will eventually adjust; I always have. The challenge is to get past the first few days and get into regular sleeping patterns again. For weeks before leaving, my excitement prevented me from getting a good night’s rest so I began my trip half way around the world in a...

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