3 weeks and a lifetime
It’s been exactly 3 weeks and a lifetime since I arrived in Cambodia. Feeling much more settled at home and work, though this experience is a lot like peeling onions. There are layers and layers and layers to be explored – a good thing I’m thinking!
So an opportunity for reflection of sorts – what HAVE I learned so far?
1.Enough about “vector borne diseases” to have serious nightmares. For now, that means nets, spray and meds every single day without exception (and I’m lucky – I have what I need). When I get home, I’m buying stock in mosquito repellents.
2. That there are roughly 3,000 NGOs in Cambodia. That’s right, three thousand. Mind boggling. A topic for a whole ‘nother blog or two on stakeholder and communication alignment. And I though GSK was complicated.
3. That I am no longer the shortest person, but it is entirely possible that I am the most colorfully dressed.
4. There is nothing, absolutely nothing that cannot be stacked up and transported by motobike.
5. Rent is expensive, food is not. $20 goes a long long way at the market.
6. Cambodians are utterly fearless on the road – no matter what they are driving, riding, pushing…
7. Nobody walks here – except me and I’m clearly crazy.
8. Skype is a gift – even when it makes me look like I’m underwater.
9. Yes, you really can by fried crickets and spiders at Central Market. And no, I have not tried them… not yet anyway.