Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Two Years Home

Yesterday marked two years since Hal and I left Cambodia. Two years, can you believe it?! I certainly can't!

In the last two years we've moved 6 times. Bleh. In the last two years I've had 4 different jobs. Hal finished his degree and is about to start his career next week. Needless to say, we've had a lot of change happening in the last two years.

We've come a long way since living on $250 a month each in Cambodia; in a small village on the "smoothest road in all of Cambodia."
this is the "smoothest road in all of Cambodia" all the woman in the truck are going to see a killing field which was newly discovered in Kralahn, the next big town, 23 kilometers from our site.
Cambodia has been on my brain so much lately, so it's hard to feel like it's been 2 years since we left.

About a month ago we met with a married couple from DC who have now started their journey as Peace Corps volunteers in Cambodia. It was so fun to share our knowledge of serving and living in Cambodia with them.
This was not the smoothest road, this was my commute to school every day.
I've also been helping my boss plan a short vacation to Cambodia while he's in Asia. My host uncle is going to be his temple tour guide, and I couldn't be more excited for my two worlds to collide a little bit.

As mentioned in my last post, I was a doula for some friends of ours who we served with in Cambodia. Kind of crazy that two years ago we were kicking it together in a third world country and now they're parents.
I also recently watched a wonderful movie called The Missing Picture, by Rithy Panh, which is on Netflix, and if you're interested in learning a little bit more of what the Khmer Rouge was like, I highly suggest watching it.
We may have been state side for two years, but it is a little comforting to see we haven't totally left Cambodia behind. 


Rachel said...

Something like that--living for an extended period of time in Cambodia or any other developing nation, is definitely the kind of thing that changes you and is unforgettable. I know that even if I had never gone back to Malaysia, my years there definitely shaped me--of course, it's now apparent that they shaped me so much I couldn't stay away from Asia for long.

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Wow, two years already? Time sure flies. Cambodia will always have a very special place in your heart, and soul. You experienced so much while over there and it will be part of you forever. :)

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