Today is the day that I leave Kampong Thom. Holy cats, I can’t believe it’s already here. The mixed emotions associated with our departure are staggering: elation, excitement, anticipation, sadness, and nostalgia all mix to create one seriously heady brew. I will miss the COWS staff and the friends I have made here. I will miss the work, the villages, and the people we serve. I’ll also miss Kampong Thom, oddly enough. The cold showers, ceaseless mud, lack of culinary variation, and fishy market smells all seem rather charming now that I have to go. Whatever way you slice it, though, we’re leaving, and I may never be back. It’s a sad thought as I watch the elephant and tiger statue disappear into the rear view.
Though sadness is definitely a reality, I can’t help but be excited to the max about what Marrisa, Alicia, and I are about to embark on. Here it is in a nutshell:
July 28th – August 5th in Siem Reap, Cambodia
August 5th Bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok, Thailand
August 5th – 6th in Bangkok, Thailand
August 6th & 7th in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
August 7th – 8th in Bangkok
August 8th (night) Sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Thailand
August 9th – 12th in Chiang Mai, Thailand
August 13th – 14th in Bangkok, Thailand
August 14th Flight from Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) to Hanoi, Vietnam (HAN)
August 14th – 17th in Hanoi, Vietnam
August 17th – 19th 2-night sleeper train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
August 19th – 21st in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
August 21st Bus to Phnom Penh, Cambodia
August 21st – 23rd in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
And I’m Off!
August 23rd Flight from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Kampala, Uganda
I can’t imagine all of the fantastic new sites, sounds, smells, thoughts, friendships, and encounters that await me. Wish me luck!!