Tuesday, July 19, 2011

First Few Days in Cambodia

So I am new to this whole Blog thing but I am going to give it a try!  I can't make any promises as to how often I will update it, but I will certainly do my best.  

I spent the majority of my journey on this plane...15 hours!  Glad that is behind me!  Thank you for all those who prayed for safe travels.  After getting past a bit of confusion with my visa in Greensboro everything went very smoothly.

  A very nice gift basket with all kinds of goodies (coffee, tea, peanut butter, jam, sugar, toilet paper, and soap) was awaiting me on top of an already made bed.  

 The front of my house which I will be sharing with another teacher.  More pictures of the inside will come later.

Any who are concerned for my safety can be put at ease.  I have 3 padlocks to get in to my house!  It is not due to being in a dangerous area...I am guessing just safety precautions. 

The view down my street
  Made myself a cup of coffee my first morning and enjoyed a piece of the best biscotti in the world...thanks to Caroline (aka "Paula" of the north).

Taking a tuk tuk ride to the market with two other teachers I will be working with - Chrissie (from New Zealand) and Lousie (from India).

This is where I will begin teaching in August - Asian Hope International School.

My classroom

Another view of my classroom

 The Playground

Visited Thmey Orphanage - Sweet reunion with my buddy Huy 
It was so good to see all the familiar faces!

Productive afternoon...bought some fabric for my bulletin boards...due to language barriers I have PLENTY of green fabric!  Also picked up an adapter for my surge protector, a laundry basket, and a few other odds and ends.  I have a new appreciation for Walmart...I had to stop at 3 different places to pick up the items I bought and it took me 2 hours.  
The kind tuk tuk driver, Vibol, who drove me all over and helped me pick up the things I needed.


  1. Maria,
    Thanks for sharing your experiences! Your blog is great and very informative! Almost makes me jealous that you're there and I'm not...you will be in my prayers daily...praying for safety, good health, effective communication, and blessings on you and those with whom you come into contact! Love you!

  2. So excited for your new adventure! What a blessing you will be to the children! Praying for you and all the children you will have in the fall.

  3. I am so glad you are sharing this experience with us through a blog. I am so excited for you! This is a great way for your friends in America to keep up with you. I have started a blog about my new journey into the technology world this coming year in my classroom. You would be so proud of me. All new stuff I have been exposed to through grad school. Check out my first blog post if you have time. I am so so so so so happy for you! Your pictures are awesome.