So after a what I think was a 9 hour flight from Melbourne to Phnom Penh, via Singapore, Kelly and I have arrived at our new home for the next 12 months. For those that don’t already know, Kelly has a 12 month job with a local non-government organisation (NGO) based in Phnom Penh (without giving out to much information, as this is quite a public space). She will be training and building capacity with the staff and other partner organisations, mainly to do with grants/proposals/projects/marketing/communications. I’ve taken 12 months leave without pay from my regular job and will hope to find some work once we’ve settled in.
First impressions ? Hot (31 degrees Cel when we arrived at 9 am), humid, flat – what I mean by this is that the actual area of Phnom Penh looks very flat – not many mountains etc, busy, crazy traffic – bicycles, scooters, motorbikes, tuk tuks, cars, buses, trucks and all manner of combination’s of these … and great tasting and cheap food – dinner for two was $5.50 USD.
We’re with a group of other volunteers from Australia and they are a great bunch of people. This next few weeks we’ll be having some training, language lessons and looking for long term accommodation.
Here is a picture from our hotel room: