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Hong Kong: And Cambodia

My last post was all about avoiding the “tourist” label, but I decided to embrace it with a weekend trip to Cambodia with one of my friends.

After a short 3 hour flight from HK, we spent Thursday in the capital, Phnom Penh. It instantly reminded me of Chiang Mai, a city in northern Thailand. It was less developed, but something about the ubiquitous tuk-tuks and motor bikes really brought back memories of Chiang Mai. It was hotter than I could ever imagine–over 90 degrees with a healthy dose of humidity. We spent the day at the national museum, which housed hundreds of artifacts and beautiful statues that gave us a preview of what we would experience at Angkor Wat.

Hong Kong: 1 month?

The seafront on campus.

It’s honestly really strange to me that I’ve been here for a month. Part of me feels like I’ve been here forever. I never experienced the culture shock that all those pre-departure orientations warned me about. I feel surprisingly comfortable here, and to be completely honest, I’m not homesick at all.

At the same time, 1 whole month feels like a lot of time to do things. When I think about what I’ve done since I arrived, I can’t really rattle off a laundry list of attractions I visited, activities I did, or places I went…which makes me feel like I haven’t been using my time wisely.