The emotional roller coaster that has been April presented me with some of the most conflicted and complicated emotions I have had since coming to Cambodia. I felt calm and stressed, exhilarated and defeated, grateful and yet desperate to leave. A lot of enjoyable things took place in April, but I also found myself feeling … Continue reading What Happened in April?
My heart pounded so hard I thought it would burst out of my chest. I could feel my palms growing cold with sweat, and my feet suddenly refused to move and remained anchored to the jungle floor. A wave of shock and disbelief washed over me, and I tried desperately to grasp hold of some remnant of … Continue reading The Elephant in the Room
Dear Students, Though our time together came to close, the four weeks you gave me will always be unforgettable. From the moment I first met you, all eighty of you, running towards me on that fateful February day, I knew that this would be an incredible experience. Excited but intimidated, I waved and smiled and said … Continue reading A Letter to my Students
How quickly time flies! I can hardly believe that four weeks, one whole month, have past since I first stepped foot in the Kingdom of Wonder. When I first arrived, I wanted to run home unapologetically. Now, the idea of leaving in five months seems nearly impossible. After being in Cambodia for one month, I … Continue reading Cambodia Weekly Rewind 4
Another week, another blog post. I can hardly believe that I have been in the Kingdom of Wonder for three weeks now. Considering how rocky this adventure began, I am proud, in a slightly arrogant way, of my transformed perspective. Not only do I now have the emotional strength to handle Phnom Penh's bustling lifestyle, but I am also starting … Continue reading Cambodia Weekly Rewind 3
Scotland holds a special place in my heart, and I have documented that love here, on this blog. I write about it fondly and often in comparison to my upcoming move to Cambodia, and I also narrated my four month adventure interning for the Scottish parliament. However, I realized that I rarely touch upon how Scotland changed … Continue reading How Scotland Changed Me
When people find out that I am not just going to Cambodia, but will be volunteer teaching and working at an NGO, things go wild. I am swarmed with questions and find myself in a state of constant defense and explanation of my decision. Why are you volunteering? Are you getting paid? Can't you get … Continue reading Why I Chose to Volunteer Abroad
Unfortunately this post is not about my adventures with alcoholic beverages. If that is what you were hoping for, take a peak at my post about when I went to a Ceilidh in Bathgate or when my friend Katie and I got drunk on a Boat in Estonia. No, this post is about all the … Continue reading Shots, Shots, Shots