6 Sep 2010
Thanks to everyone who joined us to give Gilly a proper send off last week, there were beers and tears all over. I've spoken to Gilly a couple of times since she arrived last Thursday and, according to this photo, things have picked off in Phnom Penh just as they finished in London!
Gilly tells me the journey went very smoothly which is reassuring for my turn next week, and she also had an empty seat next to her on the plane. She's just written a quick note about the experience so far which was cut short because there was no fan beside the computer she was using and it was too hot to write any more...
"...so far am having a great time. Phnom Penh is pretty chilled out as Asian capital cities go and VSO is taking good care of us. We've started our training which is going to be quite intense as there's so much info to learn. I'm quite eager to start language training next week which is going to be a lo more difficult than I thought. So far I've braved the crazy roads on the back of a motorbike and on a bike. You have more space than in London but there are a lot less rules, noone indicates and they often drive up the wrong side so it's easier to turn off - very crazy and apparently the number one cause of injury in Cambodia. I've also been to visit the museum of Genocide which was pretty harrowing."
[Gilly also texted today to say that she had a great haircut for just $4 so anyone planning to visit while we're there should bear this in mind and time it so that you can use the savings to put towards the cost of the flight...]
As for me it feels a little like I'm now just waiting to leave. This is nice in that I still get to see people and celebrate my birthday but inside I really just want to get started. My flight is next Thursday and judging by how quickly time has flown since we found out we were going to Cambodia I'm sure I'll be feeling the heat myself in no time.
PS. I've now updated the contact page of this site to give our postal address and skype details for keeping in touch while we're there. You can also add comments to each entry on this blog if you want to share your message with everyone.