In the Khmer language, the term "barang" has come to mean "foreigner", particularly one of European ancestry. It is not a demeaning word.
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Author Archives: Travis Thompson
My Aunt Cathy sent me this family pic from my sister’s wedding. It left Texas seven weeks ago. From there it was mistakenly sent to Myanmar where it sat a few weeks. Glad it’s finally here and in my apartment … Continue reading
I’m feeling more exhausted than I have at any other point since I moved to Cambodia. We just finished delivering school supply bundles and bicycles to our students in locations across the northeast part of the country over the past … Continue reading
The past two weeks have been non-stop as I continue to get settled in and acquainted with my new work. I’m now riding motorcycles when I go to our schools outside town. I couldn’t post a picture like the one … Continue reading
That’s my desk in Siem Reap on my first day at the Ponheary Ly Foundation September 3. I dove in headfirst, riding my bike around town my first morning to find the best internet provider for one of our rural … Continue reading
Note: See my mailing address here. It’s changed again (the number at the end of it is new). Welcome to my new place in Siem Reap. Come inside! Before: After: I’m the kind of person who needs to be unpacked, … Continue reading
Lately I’d become so caught up in a whirlwind of activity that I didn’t let myself experience the emotional weight of what was happening, until yesterday. I rode my bike back to my host home in Puok for a final … Continue reading
The document above that I was required to write details everything I did as a Peace Corps Volunteer the past two years. It’s basically the only important document from my entire experience, because it’s the one that’s sent to potential … Continue reading
The sum of nearly everything I own fit on this tuk-tuk today. My favorite Puok tuk-tuk driver, Bon, helped me carry all of it from my third floor room, then load it. I’m still living in Puok until August 25, … Continue reading
One of the most special ladies in the world is celebrating her birthday today. I wish I was there to give you a big hug, Mema. Happy birthday to you! I love you.