Cambodia


ANGKOR WAT-SIEM REAP

We arrived in Siem Reap in the afternoon and put down our stuff at the hostel.  For dinner, we decided to check out the town and grab some food. Siem Reap is a tourist town for people coming to see Angkor Wat, but its charming nonetheless. It has an area called ¨Pub Street¨which is named appropriately. The area has a lot of Khmer restaurants and cocktail lounges serving food for about 3 dollars and beer for .50 cents. Hard to beat. We really enjoyed the town and thought the Khmer food was really good! The fresh rolls were delicious and I really liked the traditional Khmer ¨sour soup¨ which tasted a bit like Chinese hot and sour soup, but with chunks of pineapple and tomato. I also tried the ¨Amok Fish¨which is sort of chopped, curry flavored fish stuffed in a banana leaf bowl. Very tasty.

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The also sold ¨Happy Pizza¨in Cambodia which we sampled, with not much result.

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The next day, we set out for day one of three at Angkor Wat.

We hired a tuk tuk driver for about 15 dollars a day to take us around. Angkor Wat is like a enormous park and it can take 30 or 40 minutes to go between temples, so having a driver rules. The first day we went and saw some of the smaller temples, but they were really cool and may have been some of my favorite.

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I don´t know what I can say about Angkor Wat that hasn´t been said before, but it was truly incredible and I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to see it. The Temples are breath taking and worth all of the hype, in my view.

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Cambodia is a beautiful and the people are so kind and friendly. Although I only spent 4 full days there I was sad to say goodbye and would have like to see more of the country.

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Summertime Homestretch


Summer is in full swing and it is blazing hot in Korea. Hard to walk to the bus stop without soaking yourself in sweat.

Thank god for air conditioning.

A lot of exciting things happening soon. In July I will be going to Mudfest (Basically a big festival where you get covered in mud) and then Tokyo, and then there is only one more month left!

It will be a sad goodbye and a shocking transition to go from working full time to living out of a backpack, but I´m excited.

I´ve become more and more attached to my kinders which I didn´t think was possible.

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Last week Lucia had a bad day. She has been having tough time because she is the only girl in my class of 5 boys and she is not the toughest girl. She is a bit timid, very affectionate, and not my fastest learner. I think her mom is too busy to help her with her homework, which at a cram school, usually means the children fall behind.  She is SUPER cute and I love her very much, but the other day I was a little frustrated because she never repeats, or if she does she does it very quietly. It´s very important that she repeat because her pronunciation is not very good and its a way to help her speaking improve. Anyway, I reminded her to repeat after teacher and she burst into tears. Poor thing. I felt terrible, but I also think it was perhaps some accumulated stress.

Then, in play gym, the boys were playing some monster game she didn´t like and she felt left out. So, Cindy told the boys to make sure to include her and they all nodded nicely. So, at playtime, all the boys sat down with Lucia and drew pictures of her and gave them to her. They kept saying, ¨Lucia is so cute!¨ and ¨Everybody play together!¨I´ve never seen a group of little boys be so sweet in my life. It was almost tear inducing. I´m so lucky to have a group of such kind and respectful boys.

Yesterday Rachel and I went into Seoul and went the stream downtown called cheonggyecheon to dip our feet in and then went to Gyeongbokgung (경복궁) which is one of the biggest, most popular palaces in Seoul. We had a lot of fun, even though it was really hot.

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Other than school, I´ve been spending my time preparing to move and also planning my upcoming trips. I´ve already booked my flights home, but haven´t really finalized where and how long I´m staying in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. I think we´re going to do two weeks in Thailand, then hop over to Siem Reap  to go to Ankor Wat, then I´ll go by myself to Hanoi for almost a week, then go home…actually home!