Tuesday, July 31, 2012
There is much to report, and after months of talking about it, months of anxiety and anticipation, it feels wonderful to just BE here. This will be a very different experience from Thailand- there are many foreign tourists, many expats retired or newly carving out business opportunities ( I had an exciting conversation with a young computer geek this morning who is part of the first e-commerce business in Cambodia). Temporarily I am living on a busy street in a hip part of town. I have AC and cable tv; maid and laundry service is included in my 450$ rent.
Certainly Cambodians are essentially different than their Thai neighbors- especially the frenetic and sophisticated Bangkokians. I have been watching and rooting for the American Olympians on the youtube IOC channel, but in a scant 48 hours, Phnom Penh has settled comfortably into my heart. How could it not? Check out these awesome dudes tearing apart a Honda: