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

Looking for adventure, head out on the highway

There’s only one rule of driving on the roads in Cambodia and that’s that there are no rules. At least that’s what one of my Phnom Penh-based friends told me while we were out driving the other day, but then he corrected himself. “Actually, there is one rule, the biggest one wins,” he said. We … Continue reading Looking for adventure, head out on the highway

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

Finding strength in adversity

After four previous visits to Cambodia over the past five years, I often get asked what it is that keeps drawing me back. When people ask me, I do talk about the ancient history, the natural beauty, the lovely people. These things are also true of many other countries, including neighbouring Vietnam, yet I haven't … Continue reading Finding strength in adversity