April 28, 2012 Charlotte Ellis

Hot Season and Khmer New Year

Hello! April is the hottest month in Cambodia and we are definitely feeling the heat! This past week has brought temperatures over 100 degrees, so I feel like I’m sweating all the time! We have fans but no air conditioning on base, so we are looking forward to the not-as-hot part of the year.

A few weeks ago we experienced our first Khmer New Year, which is the most important holiday of the year in Cambodia. A Khmer New Year tradition is to stand on the side of the road and spray people with water as they ride by, so we got wet a few times! We had a few days off for the holiday, so Jonathan and I went to the temples of Angkor Wat. Close to 1000 years old, the temples are some of the most famous in Asia. They were very impressive and we enjoyed getting to see a different part of Cambodia!

We are getting into our English teaching now that we are a few weeks into the quarter. Jonathan and I are enjoying our students, although it definitely takes a while to figure out how to best teach the material since neither of us has teaching experience. I’ve found that talking to Youth Center students is a great way to learn about Cambodian culture. One thing I’ve learned is that most extended families live all together—parents, adult married children, aunts, grandparents, etc. It’s been good to hear about their life experiences so we can better understand their perspective.

One thing that’s coming up next week is that we are moving off the YWAM base. We were planning on staying on base for a few more months, but an opportunity has come up to housesit for a couple that is currently in the U.S. This has come as an unexpected blessing and Jonathan and I are really looking forward to it. We haven’t had our own place in almost a year and a half, so it will be a nice change.

Well, that’s mostly what’s new with us. We’re still getting to know our way around, especially about how to buy things at the market (there’s no grocery store in Battambang). We will write again soon! Thank you so much for your prayers!

Comment (1)

  1. Aunt Mot

    Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your time in the A/C! Blessings to you both!

    aunt Moy

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