whenever we tell our new friends we used to lived in phnom penh, its a mix of disbelief and sympathy.. its hard to marry living in huge concrete cities like tokyo/singapore and rickety old dusty phnom penh. but i always say it with pride!
we often wonder if we'd be able to live there again (don't panic. no drastic plans at the moment) and wonder how life would be like raising a child in cambodia. so when an opportunity popped up to take a short trip somewhere, we both decided a visit back to our old stomping ground was in the order.
and man! things have changed!! this is one of the many gorgeous cafes that have popped up like mushrooms in our neighborhood and right around the corner from our apartment... YA KUN COFFEE!! we about died laughing.
some awesome things didn't change though. like our old spa was right where we left it. in the name of market research, we HAD to go get our usual massage just to see if its the same! :) and our tailor guys, our supermarket (the shonky parking dudes outside), the incessant haggling of tuktuk drivers, the markets and all those things we loved and missed so much! we also snuck in a few new places to explore. (thank you, kaelyn!)
at the end of three days, we felt like we've squeezed in two years worth of favorites in one weekend and were spoilt silly. we often ask ourselves if we had the choice, would we do it again! and the answer will always be ...
"yes. in a heartbeat."