Ahh, I am blowing my blogging schedule again. It has been really difficult to keep to any kind of regular schedule while I travel. I have been so busy and don’t always have reliable access to internet or place to plug in my laptop. I am finally getting back into focus though so hopefully this will be the last time I have to apologize for not posting. I’m also going to get my flickr hooked up to here someday too so you can see my silly pictures.

Anyways, big changes around here. Little changes, too. Changing all the time. If there is one thing I have had to give in to over the last month it is that almost nothing in my life is going to stay the same for any amount of time. At least not for the next several weeks. Since I left the U.S. on March 8th, I:

  • survived more than 24 hours of traveling with about 20 of that on a plane. aside from a minor anxiety attack a few hours into the trip, I handled it pretty well. (Thanks to my sister for her airplane survival kit!) 
  • landed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; with a weekend in Siem Reap/Angor Wat, and a weekend in Sihanoukville. Cambodia really has a certain charm about it and I am so glad I spent so much time there.  
  • spent nearly 12 hours traveling by bus to get to Thailand. It was so worth it, this is what I’ve been waiting for woooop!!!! 

Ok, that doesn’t seem so bad when I write it down but that is a lot of moving and shaking for a girl who lived in the same place for four and a half years. I’m not complaining, this is exactly what I wanted. But you forget that when you want to make big changes, you have to deal with all the little ones too. Packing and unpacking and packing again. Finding your way around. Meeting a lot of new people (and trying to remember their names). Saying goodbye to people you just met, even if you really really liked them. Sleeping in weird places. Wanting to trust everyone, but always second guessing them and yourself. Communication mix-ups and cultural barriers. Lots and lots of stares and giggles because you’re the only white girl around. And those are only the things I can think of right now. I haven’t traveled in a long time so I kind of didn’t know what to expect. I’ve adjusted well so far but wonder how long I’ll be able to keep it up!

I am finally settled in my hotel in Pattaya until April 6th. After that, I have no idea what is going to happen. It is exhilarating and absolutely terrifying at the same time. The only thing I know for sure is that I have until that date to figure out what I want to do next. And then I get to go and do it.  I don’t necessarily believe in “signs” but I get little reminders everyday that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. Life is good. Plus, thanks to Steve Jobs (the man!) I haven’t had any problems keeping in touch with my people back home. Its almost like I’m just hanging back in Cali isn’t it?!?! Well, except for that 12 hour difference other side of the world thing. Like they say in Cambodia: same same.