Saturday, September 29, 2007

Phnom Penh: the first week

I arrived only 2 days before starting my new job, so my time has mostly been spent getting adjusted to the job rather than really exploring the city. Or take many photos, so patience on that front, dear friends.

The city feels more modern than my first trip to Phnom Penh a couple of years ago. Being outside in the streets at night, I don't feel the sense of danger (or at least noticeably less) that I did back in 2005. Admittedly, I'm staying in a fairly western part of town with heaps of western restaurants and bars catering to tourists and and ex-pats (I'll be looking for a more Khmer area to reside in soon).

Been trying to learn Khmer from the get-go, but damn are these SE Asian languages tricky to wrap your head around. In the initial stages it doesn't feel like my knowlege of Thai is helping much, but I think it will as I begin to understand Khmer better.. Thai is tonal and Khmer is not, but they do share a fair bit of vocabulary, and have similar grammar.

More soon.

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