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I had a great night on Saturday.. some of my VSO buddies and an American interloper (who has become a good buddy) treated me to a meal at Dosa Corner, a South Indian restaurant not too far from my place. We had a good night. Highlights were some presents – a special unique Cambodian T-shirt which wished me good luck from ‘all my friends in Cambodia’ and there were a few people there so I must have some friends right enough.. only thing was that it was in Khmer script so I needed a translation.
Also much appreciated were a silk weave Krama (worthy of a woman I think, not a mere man -thanks Kath) and a beautiful photo of the Bayon temple from Andre. It was a very close group who came together last September to try to do good in Cambodia and I am the first to leave. I wrote about some of them way back ( Our Volunteer Group). Here they are again…
.. and here is John, so impressed by my style he decided to go bald as well, even though he’s got a fine head of black hair now!!
You know, you don’t have a big income, but it’s a great life as a volunteer. I thoroughly recommend it. This nice meal was but one of a series of excellent meals prepared by various members of the team, who enlivened their follow-up language course ( a one week top-up after 6 months) which had brought them back to Phnom Penh with a Come dine with me challenge (Ingran’s brilliant idea). I think there will be YouTube postings later on, as they did a video inspection tour of each person’s ‘house’ (ie. bedroom) as part of the event. However the highlight for me was the food.. the limit was $2 per person and there was some pretty creative cookery for that. This photo shows the set up for Leandra and Andre’s delicous meal. Scoring was bit random but Kath and Janet came out top.
There is no doubt that the mutual support of the volunteer group (even though very spread out!) helps a lot, but all the people you see here are doing some good work in one of the world’s poorest countries. Before I leave this week, I need to find a special time to marshall my thoughts about our work here, and my work here, and the many paradoxes of life in Cambodia.