The Present Perfect

Monthly Archives: September 2012

Tomorrow is the first day back to school for students which makes tonight the first official school night. Eek! Waking up early tomorrow is going to be hard. (We teachers have been back to work for over a week now, but we haven’t had to be to work earlier than 8:30 or 9:00 in the morning). While summer may officially be over for the students (and teachers) of Lebanon, fall is not… Read More

There’s nothing like a long stretch of traveling to make you really appreciate home. Wherever that home may be. After eight weeks of constant movement, constant change, constant adaptation, I really started to long for the familiarity of home. For meals cooked in my own kitchen, my own bed and sheets, and conversations with old friends. My life in Beirut. It’s funny how the shift happens. Last year I lived in Beirut… Read More

The scene: 8:00am at a noodle stand with a view of the temples of Angkor Wat. A big steaming bowl of noodle soup in front of me and the anticipation of finally seeing the temples up close. Enter a young Cambodian boy, maybe 11 or 12 years old. Boy: Where are you from? Me: California. Boy: Oooh, the capital Sacramento. Me: Yes! I’m from Sacramento! Boy: That means U.S.A. Obama. Me: Yes,… Read More

Expectations: the funny thing about them is the less you have, the more likely you are to be pleasantly surprised. This was certainly the case with my visit to Phnom Penh. I had no idea about what to expect of Cambodia’s capital city but put it on my short Cambodia itinerary because it was a stop over on the way to Siem Reap which I had heard plenty about. Perhaps it was… Read More