Life on the Road

Why Cambodia?

  • May 29, 2017

One week from today, I’ll be embarking on a 28-hour journey from New York to London to Kuala Lumpur, before finally landing my tired self in Siem Reap, Cambodia. As of now, that will be my home for the next two(+) months.

Among the questions I’ve gotten about this trip (including “WTF?” and “You’re doing what?”), the most common one by far is, “Why Cambodia?” It’s hard for me to answer, because I don’t actually have a concrete, logical reason. My reason is more of a feeling, an impulse.

When I was 14 years old, I went on a trip to Paris with my French class. We spent a week touristing around the city, and I fell head over heels in love. I knew I had to go back to Paris someday, although that someday was somewhat nebulous. Fast forward to my junior year in college, when I figured out that if I took a few more classes, I could pick up a minor in French. Better yet, I could do all of my coursework while studying abroad in Paris.

Was it wise to follow an instinct I had felt seven years earlier as a young teenager, in a city where I had spent just a week? Hardly the stuff of solid life decisions, generally speaking. I had no real way of knowing whether I would like living there or not. All I knew is that I had been homesick for Paris for years. And while I loved it even more the second time around, I got to know Paris in a completely new way. (For the record, if you ever have the opportunity to study abroad in Paris, don’t overthink it. Just go.)

I guess that little anecdote is my best explanation for why I’ve decided to live in Cambodia for a bit. I spent about three days there in 2014, and I feel drawn back there to explore and learn more. Angkor Wat itself – a site that awed Anthony Bourdain so much that he claims he stopped taking travel photos altogether after seeing it – is worth the trip alone. But I also know there is much more to Cambodia, and the only way I’m going to dive into it is if I spend awhile there.

Also this gives me a chance to go back to the Bugs Cafe. Reason enough to return to Siem Reap, in my opinion!

11 Comments
  • advice on employment

    My brother suggested I might like this website. He was totally right. This post truly made my day. You can not imagine simply how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

    • atlasaba

      Thanks for taking your brother’s advice! Who’s your brother? Do I know him?

    • atlasaba

      Thanks for checking it out!

  • Apryl Luria

    It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this excellent blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will talk about this blog with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

    • atlasaba

      Thanks for checking it out!

  • Deshawn Gotthard

    Thanks for some other informative website. Where else may I am getting that kind of information written in such a perfect method? I’ve a undertaking that I’m simply now running on, and I’ve been on the look out for such info.

    • atlasaba

      Glad you’ve found my blog helpful! Thanks for reading!

  • Major Truhe

    I’ve been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles or weblog posts on this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this website. Reading this info So i am happy to exhibit that I have a very good uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed. I such a lot for sure will make certain to do not forget this website and give it a look regularly.

    • atlasaba

      Thanks so much for reading!

  • Raquel Verma

    Hmm, it seems like your site ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer, but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any recommendations for newbie blog writers? I’d appreciate it.

    • atlasaba

      Thanks for reading, Raquel! I think the most important thing in starting a new blog is to consistently post content. I would also recommend setting up social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter especially) and promoting your blog there. Good luck!

Leave a Reply