I haven’t even made it to my final destination, Phnom Penh, and so much has happened. I don’t mean just travel-wise but also Christine-wise. First, there was saying “goodbye” to my sweet baby. I know, I’m the one who planned this little getaway but man, I sure didn’t think it would be so hard. I kind of think at the time of the ticket purchase, I was under the influence of hormones and thank goodness I can’t just cancel everything because I think I might have now that the ol hormones are under control. Anyways, all that to say, I have an amazing husband who is the biggest supporter of this adventure. I wish he was by my side experiencing all this with me. At any rate, I’m trying to tap into that adventurous solo traveller Christine that I knew 10 years ago.
You might find this odd, but I am sooooo scared of flying. It’s horrible and sometimes down right embarrassing. I like flying with Paul because he holds my hand and makes me laugh. That is, when he’s not peeling me off his arm so he can take photos out the window. The other night we got together with a friend, Craig, who used to have the same irrational fear. Now he says turbulance just rocks him to sleep. Not sure how that works but I have been thinking about Craig through these turbulent times.
So, if you know me, you know I love, just love, monks. You can imagine how excited I was this morning when I got to the gate and there were two beautiful monks. I quickly took a sneaky photo of them for Paul and sent it with something witty that said, “you have competition”. No sooner did I do that and I looked down at my keyboard and my ‘delete’ button is missing. What??? Instantly, I think it’s karma and if I hadn’t stolen their souls in that one little photo I would still have my delete button. I looked everywhere and can’t find it. It’s vanished. Oh well, I’m sure it’s not the only thing I am going to lose on this adventure. Don’t you hate losing things on holiday? Note to self, no more photos of monks.
Then, I got on my remaining flight to Phnom Penh. A three hour flight and thought how happy I am that Paul lovingly put a bunch of movies and music on my tablet. Only to find out the disc is damaged and neither my tablet or camera recognize the disc. What!!! So, I am forced to read and start reading a book in my Kindle about living life simply. What timing as my life is getting simplier by the minute today. It did make me think that maybe this is a blessing in disguise because I will have more time to experience my surroundings. I won’t be hiding in music or movies or even delete buttons. I’m going to be thankful and open to each and every moment. With that, we are just about ready for our decent into Phenom Pehn. Finally.
Well, the roads are as crazy as ever…people driving every which way. No rules except don’t hit anyone. We make it to the guesthouse and I’m not sure what to do. After hanging out for a while, the electricity goes out. Bummer considering it’s incredibly hot and humid. So I decided to go to the water front and on my way out the door, I meet several people from my TEFL program. What luck! Before I know it, there are 7 of us heading to the waterfront for dinner. A great start to Cambodia.