Monday, November 3, 2008

too many things to post!

About two days into my Cambodia trip (last weekend), my laptop died. Or at least it started to die. I'm not sure if it was the glass of water accidentally spilled over the keyboard, the humidity & dust, the high voltage & power surges, or a combination of several factors, but the bottom line is my computer is no longer reliable. Sometimes it turns on, sometimes the fan just whirrs at a high speed while the screen remains blank.

Aside from my trusty iBook crashing, I also lost the freedom to keep track of my thoughts and blog posts electronically, and haven't been able to keep up. Now I'm left with four weeks' worth of blog posts that I need to write (some are already up, but there's so much more to tell!) and nowhere near the time to do it.

So I'm going to resort to listing a few highlights, in the hopes that I get to post more later on:

1. Cambodian curry. Granted, this curry was from pretty westernized restaurants, but even the curry out in the provinces is yummy. Let's just say I gained any weight I lost in Indonesia and then some. Oh, curry.

2. Sticky rice & mango. Again, heaven. Pure delight. If I can figure out how to make it and find the patience (and good mangos) to go with it, I'll be one happy camper.

3. "The best partnership meetings ever" - Cambodia wins. Our partners are great, are staff are even better, and we're doing some really cool things together. And I get to work on more website stuff as a result. :)

4. Traveling. I've known it since I was 16 and I'll probably say it a million times more: I love traveling, on my own or with other people. I love experiencing new things, finding good food, meeting incredible people, learning new vocabulary - like 'akun charan' (thank you in Khmai) and 'terimah kasi' (thank you in Bahasa Indonesian) - seeing new places...I like it a lot. Thrive on it, actually, and wouldn't have minded staying another 4 weeks in Cambodia, Indonesia, or anywhere else in Asia.

That's all I have time for at the moment; my Seoul-Atlanta flight boards in less than 15 minutes, so I need to run! Less than a day before I'm back in Baltimore...


Kerstin said...

Good luck finding good mangos here! Guess you'd better move there too, so you can perfect your mango and sticky rice skills!

LynnaeEtta said...

I don't mind the mangoes here, they're just more expensive than anywhere else!