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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Well it’s been awhile, my bad, I’m not the most diligent blogger around! Sorry for the absence. I decided I wanted off the grid more than I had been so the posts won’t be a steady stream. I’m now living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia working and traveling throughout Southeast Asia. Have a top floor apt (5th floor walk-up) in the Daun Penh district near the river and bought myself an ’01 motorcycle for getting out of town and traveling to neighboring districts and countries. I usually tend to just hop on the back of moto’s here in town to get around — 75¢ to $1.50 depending on how far you go.

My apartment is not on the street. You enter an alleyway and go back and there are 4 buildings in the center of the square block. I’m in one of those so it’s very quiet and no street noise, except for all the little kids playing outside below (which is rather pleasant). I just go around and out one alleyway turn the corner and I’m at my local market. I’ve got my stationary store, hardware store, shoe store, fresh fruit and vegetables, you name it all in this great market.

Got my iPhone unlocked before leaving SF, so now I just buy a sim card in whatever country I’m in and go. I use it a lot for the internet, mapping, for calls and emails and $5 lasts over a month. The coverage is great, 3G, and the clarity is really good. Take note AT&T and Verizon, you can learn something. Have been getting out and about quite a bit, the bike works great, better on paved roads! The cool thing about snapping photos with the iPhone is they get GPS tagged and then you can map them. Here’s where I’ve been in the month of Nov.

Been exploring some of the area’s we’ve all heard about. Such as the Killing fields of Choeung Ek, the work of the Khmer Rouge (photo below). It was very very quiet there, almost surreal. Haven’t been to S-21 here in Phnom Penh yet, but I will make it over.

Was a bit misinformed about the visa’s here so I had a tourist visa and my 30 days were coming up and I had to exit the country. So I decided to ride the bike to Vietnam and spend a few days in Saigon. Was surprised when I hit the border, Vietnam was NOT going to let my bike across the border. Long story but I parked it on the Cambodian side and grabbed the last seat on a bus to Saigon. $5 and it was all mine! Came back and now I have a ‘business visa’ so no more having to make a run for the border just because my 30 days are up.

I just got back from a field trip and shoot for a joint NGO project, so I’ll get that posted soon. I’m trying to stay a bit disconnected so I’ll be in touch when I’m in touch! Thanks

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