I mean myself, not the diarrhea. I’m finally in Cambodia! I’m still waiting on the diarrhea, but I’ll get to that later.
Oh man. Where to start.
I’ll start with our arrival to Phnom Penh, the Capital of Cambodia. After twenty + hours of travel, I was pretty out of it, but as soon as I saw the previous Peace Corps volunteers at the airport welcoming us, my energy level shot up. These guys were really helpful in communicating helpful information about Cambodia and what to expect, etc. I think that it has been a week since I arrived here, and I’m still soaking it all in.
The food, the smell, the people!!!! WOW!
It really is another world here, but in this new world many dangers lurk. This is not a vacation people. This is the REAL DEAL. Typhoid, dengue, malaria, giardia, and hepatitis are all present, and they are just waiting to get me. I can feel they are near. One mistake and BOOOM! I could get a parasite, a bone chilling fever, or worse… THE RUNS, also known as, ( you guessed it).. DIARRHEA.
Diarrhea is my new favorite word. I even know how to say it in Khmer, which is the Cambodian language. Unfortunately I have not gotten diarrhea yet. Yes, I am looking forward to getting it out of the way so that I can rest my mind and stop thinking, “Is this it ? Is it coming?” You see, I don’t want it to come in the middle of my haggling in the local market while I’m trying to get a Louis Vuitton polo. I’m pretty darn good at this haggling business. I’ve impressed myself. Good job Arnoldo!
On another note, it is rainy season here, but the days are quite beautiful. AAAAND, now that the Peace Corps has provided us with bikes, I can go out into the crazy Cambodian streets and just ride around aimlessly.
I meet my first host family tomorrow ( I will be having two. The first family for three months and the second for permanent site which is two years.) There will be a ceremony with monks and all that jazz. And like I mentioned earlier, I pretty much only know how to say “I have diarrhea. Where is the restroom?” so it should be an interesting first conversation. I might even document this awkwardness. Until next time then!
P.S. Think of me when you get diarrhea because I’ll probably have it too.