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My exciting quasi-adventure in Kampot; or, older sister’s huge tracts of land

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I am not Christopher Columbus or Marco Polo, over here. I am uninterested in traveling and adventure. In fact, I had spent almost two years in Cambodia, having never once left the confines of PP. Why should I visit tourist…

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Rats the Size of Cats: Vermin in the Cambodian Provinces

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‘There`s a rat in me kitchen what am I gonna do?’ sang the Brummie pseudo-reggae band UB40 back in the 80’s. When I moved into my single-story brick-walled shack (quiet out of town setting- where no-one gets married, dies or…

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You’re a Pagoda Boy Now

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I first met Phil when I moved to live in a Khmer village. He was American, 50ish with a penchant for Hawaiin shirts and anti-government rants. He first visited the village back in the 1990s as part of a medical…

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‘Youen’ and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance

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A funny thing went on a couple of weeks ago. Every night I make the trip from town (read bar), back out to Rancho El Pedro and last night, taking the shortcut past the old abandoned cemetery, the electrics on…

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6 Reasons to Leave the Expat Bubble and Live in a Khmer Village

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You Will Have Realizations In the village you will not have air conditioning and this means that mattresses are a menace to a good night’s sleep. Cambodians sleep on a straw mat on a wooden floor or cot. So say,…

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Fear and Loathing in Poipet

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Does the border town of Poipet deserve it’s moniker of ‘The Worst Town in Cambodia’? In a short word, yes, but in the spirit adventure, a group of fellow barang was rounded up and the poor man’s Vegas was put…

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The Top 5 Cambodian Road Hazards

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The men of the village gathered around, white-vested. As we finalised the deal they nodded their approval. I was off on my red second-hand Suzuki 110cc moto. Driving in Cambodia is sensation similar to being babysat by a lax teenager…

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My Linguistic Faux Pas-es

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A few months into our living and learning experience in Cambodia, fresh from a Khmer language class and full of positive energy, I approached a woman holding an ill baby in the Russian Market to engage her in a conversation…

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Importing a Car to Cambodia from Abroad: Is it Worth it?

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Let’s say you’ve been looking around for a vehicle at locally and are getting nowhere. Maybe you have an old girl sitting at home under a tarp that you miss terribly. Maybe on that jaunt home last time you fell…

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Life as a Baby Duck Fetus Eater

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“You see that dish? That’s dog meat,” said Raksume who was standing me dinner at his family’s palm leaf shack on the edge of the village. “Oh” I said. And then, “Hey, where’s your dog?”. Raksume gestured unceremoniously towards the…

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