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Living the Expat Life in Phnom Penh

By Leonoras


After all the excitement of Myanmar, Jesse and I have settled into something of a different routine here in Phnom Penh.

We've spent whole afternoons relaxing and writing in cafés, lingering over Indian spice chai teas and lime cookies, and feeling more than just a little bit like we might be back in San Francisco. The sheer number of elegant cozy French sandwich shops, trendy rum dives, and rooftop wine bars here is staggering, and we're very much enjoying the opportunity to pause for a bit and just take it all in. 

We've been spending lots of time with one of my best friends from college, who has lived here for over a year and is a true Phnom Penh expert. And I've spent much of the past few days working on a few fun freelance writing assignments for a local lifestyle magazine, AsiaLife Cambodia

All in all, it's been a quiet week of reading, writing, touring and café exploring. This little break has been such a treat for both of us, and is a good reminder that really experiencing a city doesn't always require hopping as quickly as possible from one attraction to the next. 

A huge thank you for all the warm wishes over the past week - turns out being engaged, hanging about Cambodia with my new fiancé, dreaming of wild wooded weddings, and knowing we've still got six glorious months of travel ahead of us is pretty great. 

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