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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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.
That’s Sam, a 13-year-old from New York. He’s one of the coolest and smartest kids I’ve met. The past few days I’ve gotten to hang out with him in Siem Reap because his mom, Karen, is Professor of Speech-Language Pathology … Continue reading
I expected my last few weeks as a Peace Corps Volunteer to be full of free time since school’s out and my projects are wrapped up. Turns out, transitioning to a new city and job is time consuming. Here’s a … Continue reading
These five high school kids are students at one of the public schools serviced by The Ponheary Ly Foundation, the organization I’ll be moving to full-time starting in late August. In the meantime, before my new job starts, I’m teaching … Continue reading
My cousin Mary Francis is turning 11 years old Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mary Francis, for your birthday I picked up some treats for you from one of my favorite roadside stands. First (above), is a fried grasshopper. Then, … Continue reading
Next month, I end my two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the countryside of Cambodia. Although I’ll no longer be with Peace Corps, I’m staying in this corner of the world. I’ve accepted a position as Executive Director … Continue reading