Things I’ve learned in Cambodia

July 18th, 2011 by Steph

A little list of Lessons Learned in honor of my 6-month anniversary here, one per week, just for fun:

  1. Everything is negotiable.
  2. Always look over your shoulder when changing direction, even if the traffic laws are on your side.
  3. There’s an art to cutting the perfect pineapple.
  4. To set up a cricket trap you need only some clear sheeting and a shallow pool of water.
  5. Duck embryos are best with lime juice and pepper.
  6. There’s a dark seedy underbelly to karaoke.
  7. If there’s less than 4 people on your moto, you are not using it to the fullest capacity.
  8. Why there are so many batman.tuk tuks (just because).
  9. The wats start rockin’ out at 4:30 in the morning.
  10. Sometimes it’s better to have your freedom than to have a full stomach.
  11. You can totally jump off that high tree branch into the river. Empirical evidence suggests that you get extra points for doing it w/o clothes.
  12. Sedans only rise to their true glory when filled with 8 persons (4 in front, 4 in back)
  13. 11am to 1pm is best spent sacked out in a hammock.
  14. The louder the music, the better the celebration.
  15. Nothing livens up a morning meeting like a fresh jackfruit. Or durian.
  16. There are better countries to be a dog.
  17. There are worse countries to be a dog.
  18. If the internet, power, or water goes out, it’s totally Vietnam’s fault.
  19. The New Year is an excellent opportunity to smash.powder onto people’s faces. And do lots of other.silly.stuff.
  20. Adults are crazy.
  21. Baby crocs don’t bite.
  22. Moms are the same across the world.
  23. $2 buys a lot of bananas.
  24. Monks can be flirty.
  25. There’s no where I’d rather than be in the dry season than floating on the Mekong. Preferably, without a boat.
  26. Never underestimate the utility of a good porch.

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5 Responses to “Things I’ve learned in Cambodia”

  1. Jess Says:

    Love your observations, and I can vouch for the truth of them all.

  2. Papa Says:

    Sounds like you building material for a book.

    There are no comments about work, but perhaps that’s the same everywhere.

    Are the baby ducks feathery?

    And, does your reference to “batman” refer to cricket? I have always wanted someone to teach me about cricket.

    Is the Mekong inhabited by crocs?

    I know about a good porch. In the good old summer days, before air conditioning, it was usually hot and sticky inside the house, so people would sit outside until it was time for bed. The neighbors did the same, so people would visit and talk in the evenings. It made for good neighbors.


  3. Nik Says:

    Good tip about the duck embryos…

  4. Jen Says:

    Aww, you got me all emo! Grrreat list, Step.

  5. Steph Says:

    Hey Papa.

    -The baby ducks seem to have some feathers, but you can’t really tell when you eat them
    -No cricket over here. If you mouseover the words underlined in red, a photo should pop up. A disproportionate number of the tuktuks here seem to read “Batman” for some inexplicable reason!
    -No crocodiles left in the wild left here, though there are plenty of farms


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