Notes From Under The Mosquito Net

The life and times of a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia.

The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There’s no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.

—Arundhati Roy (via forestfungus)

(via thepeoplesrecord)

Last of the pictures from around Ubud in Bali.

Annnnnnd that’s all for Asia.

Pictures of traditional dances we saw in Ubud, Bali—in the Royal Palace, no less!

Hanging out at the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali during my COS Trip (post leaving Cambodia, pre-America).

Me saying goodbye to the bike that faithfully carried me so many sweaty kilometers, and to the angry bird sticker (placed by my host sister), that watched me throughout.

More belated photos, this time from Bayon and Ta Phrom Temples in Siem Reap.

Back in the USA, baby

Photos from Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia (from about 3 months ago because I am lazy).

The bridge and river that forms the center of my site/village/former home. The market is right beside it, and the boats are there to serve as transport for people who can only get in by water. Bonus ponies bathing!

This is the new skyscraper being built in Kampong Thom town. I decided to snap a photo on my last visit to the provincial city to document one of my favorite aspects of Khmer construction, bamboo scaffolding.

Going Home

I’ll be heading back to America soon. 

However, before I do, I’d like to be annoying about something:

"Going home"

Yes, I was born in the States and, yes, I’m sure it’s where I will live most of my life. So, yes, it is home. 

But I also lived in Cambodia for 2 years, or 8.3% of my life thus far if you’re mathematically minded, and Cambodia is also a home of mine. 

So even though I’m going home, I’m also leaving home.

Packing at site I found the magical blue folder that changed the course of my life just hanging out in my government-issued trunk. Two and change years later, I regret nothing.

Post Preview: Because Tumblr Hates Me

I keep trying to post up old photos and tumblr keeps stopping me by coming up with new and ingenious technical issues. 

So, in lieu of actual content, and as a way to hold myself accountable, here’s what’s to come:

-Pictures of Angkor Wat

-Post about my host family in Cambodia

-Pictures of the COS trip in Bali

-Usual random crap

So stay tuned!

Major Bummer

I’ve received no marriage proposals since leaving Cambodia. 

Readjusting might not do wonders for the self esteem.

Some month-and-change old photos of my trip to Ratanakiri, Cambodia, up in the Northeast corner of the country. Most of the photos are of the Crater Lake, the main attraction, though also included are some of the provincial town and our lodge. We also paid to dress up in the outfits of the people native to that area and take pictures. One of my favorite trips in-country.