It can be really really scary when you move to the other side of the world (Cambodia specifically) and have just about ZERO idea what to expect.
The UN was pretty specific. Read the following to feel reassured.
” You may live in the jungle. Be prepared. You could live in a tent, and we are not sure for how long. Oh also, we don’t quite know yet what you will be doing.”
Okee dokee – Who signs up for this? Well I do. I was a desperately unemployed lawyer who was balking at the idea of ever practicing law in any traditional sense… hence anything non-traditional was right up my alley. Or so I thought.
What I Had Wished I Had Known Before Going to Cambodia or Otherwise Known as Notes To Self
No, Cheryl, you do not need to take a hockey bag full of clothes that make you look like a nun. You will be surrounded by cool Italian UN personnel hence, nun like clothes are not going to cut it.
No, Cheryl, you do not need to eat a gazillion chocolate bars before heading off to Cambodia as they too will have chocolate (well at least imported but it counts).
No, Cheryl you do not need to read each and every book on the Killing Fields before you go. It is not a good idea to get PTSD BEFORE you go.
No, Cheryl you do not need to follow all the rules of your job. In fact, it is best that you make your own since you know what is going on and the head dudes (the ones who earn the big bucks) do not.
No, Cheryl you do not need to be the polite Canadian. It is okay, really, to throw packages of cigarettes at the soldiers and “cops” at the check points and keep on driving.
No, Cheryl you do not need to worry because you are about to have one of the best years of your life. Relax and enjoy 🙂