Written years ago, the focus of my blog as expressed at the top continues to be true: “Reflections on Living in Another World.”
Although you may have noted a sprinkling of posts that are more about my travel experiences than my perspectives on Cambodia, especially Phnom Penh, rest assured that I don’t see this blog as merely or mostly a travel blog.
Yet it occurs to me as I write that maybe you’d prefer more travel and less of my observations about the country where I have made my home since the end of 2013. If so, you’ll be particularly pleased over the next several weeks. Indeed, I may find it hard to avoid commenting on aspects of the wider world as I spend increasing amounts of time outside Cambodia in satisfaction of the travel bug that afflicts me. Nor will I abandon trips worth describing when I make my way around the country.
That said, I am unable to cease writing about the nuances that I encounter in the nation that now is my home. For example, I have in mind or in draft posts about hot water, the growing reliance on motorized vehicles, a hike in a part of the country that not even many Cambodians have seen, alcohol consumption, handicap access and towering loads of merchandise under transport. Regular readers already know that I like to write about a variety of observations and experiences. In that regard, nothing has changed.
Not for wishing otherwise, I intend to pretty much avoid politics.
Although I gather that expats writing in English are insulated from government pressure, I prefer to keep my risk low in that regard however much I am distressed by the corruption and human rights abuses that others chronicle in the Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia Daily and a number of other publications that have articles I mention on Twitter. I cannot promise that I won’t be able stop from commenting on the situation here. TBD.
Despite the number of forthcoming posts, I departed years ago from daily frequency (almost exclusively about real estate) to weekly. I am beginning to think every couple of weeks may be often enough, certainly in August, December and during any of my extensive travels. Also TBD.
On any given day, I almost always count well under 100 readers and, in any month, fewer comments than I would enjoy seeing. I cannot tell you much I appreciate all those who visit this site. Thank you!
I confess that I’m pleased with my unwittingly prescient phrasing at the top after I moved here in December 2013. After all, “Another World” covers a fair amount of territory.
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I love your writing, especially about life in Cambodia. Sometime I worry about your wellbeing. That said, I admire your curiosity, courage and sense of adventure. Keep doing what you’re doing and keep sharing it with us.