Tag Archives: Siem Reap Province

The Best Part of My New Job

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

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January Mail: A Long Lost Friend

When the motorcycle arrived at my house with a box for me this month, I took several guesses at who the box could be from. All my guesses were wrong. I haven’t had contact with the sender in more than … Continue reading

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THE THOMPSON PROJECT

I come from a big family. My dad has eight siblings.  Each of his siblings has at least a family of four.  Some of their kids are married and have kids.  When you do the math, we’re talking more than … Continue reading

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A Special Video Message

BEHIND THE MUSIC: I shot this video during one of the night classes I teach every week at my host family’s house.  My night class is made up of host family members.  In the previous post I told you I … Continue reading

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Month Five: Reality Check

Beneath the surface of this adventure, I’ve grown frustrated with myself. I’m spread thin like butter on pancakes.  One of my worst habits followed me to Puok, Cambodia: I have a hard time saying “No” when people ask for my … Continue reading

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December Mail: Santa Landed In Cambodia

(Above: So many boxes that the motorcycle which usually delivers my mail couldn’t deliver this.  Peace Corps had to bring Santa’s delivery to my house in an SUV.) My nine-year-old cousin Mary Francis only asked me one question before I … Continue reading

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Khmer Wedding #2

(Above:  {You know the drill} Groom, Barang, Bride) If it looks like I didn’t have a clue who the bride and groom were in the picture above, the picture is accurate.  I didn’t. I ended up at my second Khmer … Continue reading

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Cheating

My Cambodian co-teachers encourage me not to come to school on test days.  And, I choose to stay as far from the school as possible on those days.  By the end of this post you’ll understand why. Cheating is standard … Continue reading

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Chestnuts Roasting In The Cambodian Heat

(Above:  The only sign of Christmas in Puok, Cambodia.) The only thing roasting on an open fire in Puok is the trash from last week. I’m not dreaming of a white Christmas.  I’m dreaming of a 75-degree one (Santa please … Continue reading

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In Search of Angkor Ruins

Remains of the Khmer Empire—once one of the most powerful empires on Earth—are all around me.  The buildings are more than 900 years old and tucked away in the forests that have grown around them. I’m not only talking about … Continue reading

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