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Archive for October, 2010

Sat
30
Oct '10

Tropical Jack-o’-Lantern

I handed out Halloween candy yesterday. It’s early, but Halloween falls on a Sunday. I found these cute chocolates at the supermarket. When you’ve eaten the chocolate, the cardboard base looks like you smashed the bug on your windshield. I’ve been told not to miss the ex-pat pub crawl tonight. It’s the one time of […]

Sat
30
Oct '10

Goldilocks and the Metric System

An Australian asked me why Americans don’t use metrics. My theory is we never internalize it. We don’t learn it until 7th grade science class, and we never use it outside the lab. We never learn a meter is about yay long. If we don’t think in it, we won’t use it. I got a […]

Thu
28
Oct '10

To Market, To Market

I walked past the butcher stands at the Old Market on my way to the produce sellers. One of the stalls had a pig’s head on the counter. I’ve seen them from a distance before, and I know very well that bacon doesn’t come from the bacon fairy. Its eyes surprised me, though. Brown eyes. […]

Tue
26
Oct '10

Tonle Sap Trip

On Saturday the hospital organized a trip to Tonle Sap lake for the volunteers. When you look at a map of Cambodia, you see a heart-shaped country with a giant lake in the upper left. That’s Tonle Sap. It’s a short trip from Siem Reap. It was a good opportunity to take out the big […]

Sun
24
Oct '10

Most and Least Useful Items

I’m surprised by which items I packed are the most and least useful. Most useful: the headlamp. I thought it was a silly bit of overpacking. So many travelers swear by headlamps that I brought one along. It lives in my purse. So far I’ve used it when the fuse in my hotel room has […]

Sat
23
Oct '10

Movin’ On Up

I found a place to rent starting next month. A unit opened up in the building where another volunteer lives. Nice, clean, about the same distance to work, and recommended by my colleague. The apartment is more like an efficiency hotel room. Bed, bathroom, clothes rack, tv, air conditioner, kitchen counter and sink, and refrigerator. […]

Fri
22
Oct '10

Om Nom Nom

My vocabulary has balanced out after a couple more language lessons. I now know four words for “to eat”, as well as “to drink”, food, Cambodian food, meal, rice, noodles, cake, bread, coffee, tea, water, shake, mango, coconut, bananna, corn, and delicious. “To eat” and “meal” are easy to remember. “To eat” is nhyom, as […]

Tue
19
Oct '10

Outside Space

One of the differences that struck me here is the use of outside space. In New England, a patio might get used a few months out of the year. Folks are packing away their deck chairs for the winter, around now. You’d never count on using your porch for meals. Outside spaces get used routinely […]

Sun
17
Oct '10

Two Good Restaurants

With no kitchen of my own at the guesthouse, I go out for meals. I’ve found two very good restaurants so far. Noted here for the next Googling traveler. Khmer Kitchen is across the street from the Old Market. The Old Market is the heart of the tourist area. Think Faneuil Hall in Boston. Now […]

Sun
17
Oct '10

Tastes Like Win

Best discovery this week: macadamia ice cream. It tastes like macadamias and butter scotch. Worst discovery: one scoop with hot fudge sauce costs only $2 and is on the route home from work.