This post is offered by Peter who blogs at "Peter In Peter Out"
So I am in a busy area with lots of NGO workers and tourists, but my street is kind of on the fringe of that. Of course it is changing so intensely rapidly that I will surely be swallowed up by boutique hotels and spas within the year. Bustling hardly covers it. It is more like a Hurricane Katrina of development and change. I agonized over whether to live out of the city on the river, but many Khmer co-workers cautioned against it and I thought it would be interesting and different to do a "city year" since I have not lived in one since New York/New Jersey in 1989. I hope to have my Khmer down to a degree and know the local area well by next fall and then make my decision of whether to stay or go bucolic then.
Above all of my other impressions is how lovely and genuine are the Cambodian people I have met.
Here are a few more from the posh palace I am inhabiting.
Peter ... I consider Peter a kindred spirit in some ways. We met just prior to the New Years celebrations of 2011. We chatted on a long bus ride between Khon Kaen and Chiang Mai. I have followed his blog "Peter In Peter Out" since then and have very much enjoyed the manner in which he chooses and arranges his words. He also augments his posts with wonderful pictures.
Actually, I was on the fence about starting a blog. His encouraging perspective contributed strongly to my decision.
Peter is a career teacher. He was teaching in Rockport, Maine for many years. We crossed paths while he was doing a one year outreach program in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, which is up this the northeast Issan area. He was back in the states for a while, but is incontinent again. Peter is now involved with an globally ameliorating project very important to Cambodia. He is presently living in Phnom Penh.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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