The Countdown Begins. First stop– Cambodia.

In 8 days, I start my month long TEFL training in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I look at those words, repeat them in my mind, and yet I still find reality very hard to fathom. In a little over a week, I will be on thirteen hour plane ride to a place that I know virtually nothing about. Who does that? 

Me and thirteen to fourteen other crazies who will be training with me.

Photo Cred:
Phnom Penh. Photo Cred:

But not to worry! We have Google and Wikipedia for the things we don’t know. After a quick search, I’ve discovered the following:

  1. People in Cambodia speak Khmer (A language I know nothing about)
  2. There are ATMs in Phnom Penh, and US currency is widely accepted
  3. Prostitution is strictly prohibited for children ages 15-18
  4. Khmers are not casual drinkers, because after all, the purpose of drinking is to get drunk, so please. Let’s be polite and get hammered as quickly as possible.
  5. “Happy Pizza” is a must try

Despite my unintentional neglect to study-up on Khmer culture, I am very excited about spending the next month learning how to become a rocking ESL instructor, while soaking up all I can about Phnom Penh. This will be my very first taste of Southeast Asia, and I am prepared to be a sponge.

So far, I’ve only had two minor baby fits, AKA moments of “OMG WHAT AM I DOING???”. Only natural. I think.

Things I’m looking forward to most:

  1. Living my dream
  2. Being challenged constantly
  3. Learning new languages
  4. Teaching

Things that I’m slightly anxious about:

  1. Finding ways to get in good workouts and/or finding a “western style gym”
  2. Keeping the 40lbs I’ve lost off, and hopefully losing a little bit more
  3. Missing my flight from Seoul to Phnom Penh

For the most part, my worries are in my control and relatively small. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is, without a doubt, in my control. The two hour layover in Seoul and/or the possibility of flight delays, is not. I suppose if my flight from Chicago to Seoul is delayed, I could get a quick workout in by sprinting across the massive airport to my terminal. Two birds with one stone, right?

It’ll all be dandy. Regardless, if the worst happens and I miss my flight from Seoul to Phnom Penh, I have a feeling I’ll figure it out. Time to roll with the punches, and keep my baby fits to a minimum.

I’ve got this… Probably.


39 thoughts on “The Countdown Begins. First stop– Cambodia.”

  1. I have been browsing online greater than 3 hours nowadays, but I by no means discovered any
    interesting article like yours. It is lovely price enough for me.
    In my view, if all web owners and bloggers made good content material as you probably did, the net will probably be much more helpful than ever before.


  2. You have made some good points there. I checked on the internet for more
    information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with
    your views on this site.


  3. Wonderful work! That is the kind of information that are supposed to be shared across the net.
    Disgrace on the search engines for not positioning this submit higher!
    Come on over and consult with my web site .
    Thanks =)


  4. We are a bunch of volunteers and starting a new scheme
    in our community. Your web site provided us with valuable info
    to work on. You’ve performed an impressive process and our whole community will
    likely be grateful to you.


  5. I drop a comment whenever I appreciate a article
    on a site or I have something to valuable to contribute to the conversation. Usually it is caused
    by the sincerness displayed in the article I read. And on this article The Countdown Begins.
    First stop- Cambodia. | Chloe Does China. I was actually excited
    enough to post a thought 🙂 I actually do have 2 questions for you if it’s okay.
    Could it be only me or does it seem like some of the responses come across as if they are written by
    brain dead visitors? 😛 And, if you are posting on other online sites,
    I would like to keep up with you. Could you list every one of all your community pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?


Tell Chloe what you think...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s