Along the lines of my previous post, Cambodia: Cheaper & Not, here’s an in-exhaustive list of things that are easier in Cambodia and things that are, um, not easier.
Things That Are Easier in Cambodia:
- Getting Vitamin D in February. (lots and lots and lots of Vitamin D)
- Finding fresh pineapple from a street vendor with all the outside already cut off & carved so you can eat it like a drumstick.
- Getting ready to walk outside in winter. No bundling, no layers, no looking for missing gloves. Slip on your flip-flops & go.
- Walking to a fun coffee shop, restaurant, or farmer’s market.
- Finding someone to practice your Khmer on.
- Buying delicious, fresh tropical fruit.
- Eating an authentic Asian meal (at a restaurant) for $10-$15 (for 5 people).
- Paying a lower price than the seller originally stated (bartering).
- Traveling to other countries on this side of the world.
- Finding things to Instagram (although I didn’t really have that much trouble back in the U.S.).
- Feeling like you’re finally where God called you to be.
Things That Are Harder in Cambodia:
- Keeping your feet clean (so much dust!).
- Keeping your furniture clean (so much dust!).
- Keeping your floors clean (except yay!).
- Communicating with your neighbors.
- Communicating with people at stores, markets, & restaurants.
- Blending in.
- Brushing your teeth (bottled water only).
- Staying in touch with family & friends (12-hour time difference & can’t just pick up the phone).
- Getting places (without your own vehicle).
- Shopping for food & finding what you need (at a price you can afford).
- Leaving/getting back into your house (we have to lock/unlock 5 doors anytime we go anywhere).
- Bugs. Lots of bugs. The girls have so many bites all over them. (of course, there was this.)
- Leave the smallest crumb or residue on a plate in the sink, and minutes later, there will be hundreds of tiny ants.
- Drying clothes without a clothes dryer.
- Falling asleep when you’re sweating.
- Cooking dinner (so many things factor into this).
- Missing friends & family.
Again, I’m sure I left all sorts of things off the lists, but this is what my brain came up with for now. Any questions?