I’m officially living in Phnom Penh! Can you believe it? Because I can’t.
After roughly 24 hours in transit – from the US to Asia – I finally touched down in Phnom Penh early last week. During the past couple weeks I’ve basically fought a losing battle against jet lag, moved into my apartment, gone on a job interview, tried my best to master the art of crossing the street, and eaten all the Khmer food I could get my hands on.
So far it’s been pretty good. True to form, I have experienced a wide range of emotions. From “oh my god I can’t believe I get to live here” to “oh shit, I need to get a real job.”
I’m not ashamed to admit that I was (and still am) pretty anxious about this move. There are a lot of reasons for my nerves – it’s a new city, a new work situation, a new life. And while all of this is incredibly exciting, it’s also slightly terrifying.
But, oddly enough, one of the main reasons I am a bit apprehensive about my big move is because my expectations for life in Phnom Penh are really high.
We all know that Jakarta wasn’t the easiest place, for me personally, to live. Considering my ambivalence toward living in Jakarta, and just how much I fell in love with Phnom Penh during my visit earlier this year, I simply really, really don’t want to be disappointed.
What if Phnom Penh doesn’t live up to my high expectations?
Well, clearly I can’t predict the future. But a week in and I can still officially say that I love Phnom Penh. The people, food, culture and architecture blow my mind each and every day. So far I’ve had a blast people watching in the city’s bustling parks, sampling some amazing restaurants and gawking at all the beautiful temples that are peppered around the city. I am still just as enamored with Phnom Penh as ever.
But in an effort to keep it real around here I will say that the past week has brought with it a few challenges. The heat is far more brutal than in Jakarta. I seriously let out an audible gasp when I looked at my phone the other day and it read “current temperature 91°F, feels like 107°F.” It’s intense! The mosquitoes have also been relentless. And I kind of have a love-hate relationship with my new apartment, but I’ll leave that for another post!
Ups and downs aside, I am just really excited about what the future will bring. One thing is for sure…this is going to be an adventure. And I’m all about living a life that’s unpredictable and full of adventure.
Life in Phnom Penh will have its challenges but I wholeheartedly believe that with those challenges will also come great rewards and experiences. All in all, I’m so excited to call this city home for the next two years.
Obviously I’ll have a lot more Phnom Penh goodness coming your way as I start to explore this crazy and beautiful city a little more. But for now, it’s good to be home!
Does Phnom Penh look like the type of city you’d be interested in living in?