My month in Penom Pehn-KC

Trip Start Aug 21, 2005
Trip End Jun 08, 2006

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Friday, October 7, 2005

mass email from KC. Nov 17, 2005

Can you guess where I am?? Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Siagon) named after the dictator that looks like Mister Miago from Karate Kid. i'll get there, let me backtrack...

It has been a crazy 2 months. After arriving in Cambodia I quickly started my mission to see blood and needles! My first day at the clinic i watched someone have their stiches cleaned, about 5 minutes later my vision went black and i would have hit the floor if not escorted to an a/c room to take a breather. I would like to think the reason was my knees locked up or it was hot. I mean, i can't be that much of a woose!!
I got there just in time to leave the next day with a nurse and dr. from the clinic up north to a region near Thailand where there was a 3 day medical clinic with doctors from the states. There we saw about 1000 pp come for help. Way to immerse myself in my first week! So many people, so many ailments. :(
After that week I didn't see as many crazy cases at the clinic. I did witness an examination for one young girl who was having stomach problems, turned out she was 7 months pregnant! That was a shocker, and man was she scared, about broke my heart.
So, am i going to nursing school??? Im still not sure. I didn't see as much blood and guts as i wanted to (which is a good thing for the Cambodian pp!!). Still praying about it. I'll keep you posted.
So after a lovely month with the Everitts and their 2 teenage kids (our family friends who put me up in Penom Pehn), and after long awaited months I finally got to tour around Cambodia with the best traveling buddy! Jonathan joined me about 2 weeks ago, just in time for my 26th birthday. We toured around the temples of Siem Reap, sweating like monkeys (the sweating type), getting oogled by beggars and sellers, getting overpriced, and getting wet and muddy (always poured at the wrong times, like the times we were outside!). And getting templed-out. Hate to say it,(even if one is one of the 7 wonders!) but once you've seen one temple you've seen them all! But it was fun, nonetheless, cramming ourselves on to a moto with a driver going over huge ditches in the road while trying not to be tossed into mud puddles, bargaining for 2$ DVD's (as well as clothes, and scarfs and anything else!), and getting 5$ massages(my favorite).

So, we barely arrived in Vietnam, after a miserable 6plus hour bus trip with a broken a/c, in the very back going over ditches so high i came out of my seat a couple inches! Good thing i took my dramamine! We are just starting to explore Vietnam. Today we went to a museum about the "american war". Interesting how they leave out a few facts. Tomorrow we are going to check out some underground tunnels they used in the war. After this we are going to start heading north and explore some more vietnam, of course staying on marked paths to avoid land mines and things of the such.
Sorry for the long email again. It's just been a long time and there is so much to share! Keep checking the website cause im going to post some stuff that I won't email (so you don't get sick of my mass emails!)
LOVE YOU ALL AND MISS YOU!! Excited to see some of you soon!!
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