Whenever you need shelter

I’ve visited my fair share of religious buildings in my travels, but I’ve never seen anything like what I saw in Phnom Penh this week. We walked through a laneway crowded with dark, cramped homes, with children playing, washing strung out on lines and motos parked against walls. Filled with the buzz of inner-city life. … Continue reading Whenever you need shelter

Don’t go changing

There were dark, dusty village streets to be navigated in order to find your way to the Night Markets the first time I visited Siem Reap in 2008. I remember distinctly that my friend and I relied on a local colleague to help us find our way from the restaurant in Pub Street to the … Continue reading Don’t go changing

Juggling expectations

As I typed this latest instalment of pinchmyself in downtown Phnom Penh, I looked out the window just in time to see a man throw a large machete up a palm tree toward his co-worker. I gasped and held my breath as the young man about 10 metres up the tree managed to reach out … Continue reading Juggling expectations

Birds flying high, you know how I feel

Feeling Good. That’s one of the new songs I’ve chosen to learn and it has such beautiful lyrics. “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life, for me… and I’m feeling good.” This song, which captures so evocatively the feeling of freedom, could be a theme tune for my career break. … Continue reading Birds flying high, you know how I feel

Little rays of sunshine

It’s quite a strange and insecure feeling to watch your bank balance drop continually, and to know that no more money is going to appear anytime soon. In my adult working life, it’s not something I’ve experienced. Until now. Not for the first time since I was made redundant in April, I'm feeling grateful that … Continue reading Little rays of sunshine