December 3, 2008

Cambodia: LanguageCorps TESOL

The day I left Vietnam (Nov 21) until the day I arrived in Phnom Penh (Nov 22) I had been to three countries: Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia. Lots of traveling and little enjoyment doing so. I am finally in Cambodia were I get to unpack and stay in one place for at least two weeks.

Let me back up though and inform you all about Pattaya, in case you were wondering what the sex capital of Thailand is like. Neon lights, disgusting street dogs, crowds, 60+ year old white men with 15 year old Thai girls, and dancing girls. It's like a Thai version of Vegas. With a ping pong show under my belt I have seen Pattaya.

I arrived in Cambodia over a week ago to begin a four week TESOL training course. I am happy to back in Cambodia. The people are friendly and I love the country. The course is divided in half- two weeks in PP and then two week in your country of choice learning the local language and practicing teaching in front of a class. I went into this thinking I was going to teach in Thailand but I am slowly changing my mind and driving my teacher crazy. I can't choose a country- Cambodia one day and Vietnam the next.

I am living in The Villa which is the name of the five bedroom house that Zach, Kyle, Alex and myself live in (all Americans). It is very comfortable except for the scary barking dogs outside our gate. LanguageCorps also provided us with a tuk tuk driver as we live a good distance from the school. Our tuk tuk driver is the best and it has become a routine to stop for crab sticks on the way home at night.

{ Zach at a food stall in PP, Cambodia }
Last weekend we all took the bus to Siem Reap to visit Angkor Wat and Angkor What bar, second time around and still a great place:

{ Angkor What bar }

{ Angkor Wat- Zach, Kyle, my and Alex }
{ "one dollar, one dollar" }

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