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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Tag Archives: Siem Reap
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.
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