First, I would like to thank John and Brenda Scanelli for all that they do for the CLS/PCP Program, including making my international internship possible, Professor Christie Warren, and International Bridges to Justice.
Getting to Cambodia was like no travel experience I have ever had before. It kicked off with a tornado in Miami, which was followed by a series of missed flights, a re-routing to Shanghai (where an iPhone was lost never to be seen again), and finally ended with a turbulent red-eye into the Phnom Penh airport. It was a hectic few days to say the least. But luckily, the wonders of a new place, new culture, and new language quickly transformed my exhaustion into excitement.
Having never been to any country outside of the U.S. for an extended amount of time, to say I was a little lost about what to do upon my arrival would be an understatement. Luckily, I was able to get a taxi from the airport directly to my hotel where I checked in around 1:30 am and went straight to sleep. The next day I ventured out into Phnom Penh with my friend Brian, a fellow W&M 1L who is interning with a firm here in Phnom Penh. We were quickly approached by Bunna, a wonderful tuk-tuk driver (and now friend) who took us to see many of the top-visited places in Phnom Penh, but not before taking us to a restaurant that served "Western" breakfast - as neither of us were adventurous enough to try Khmai food just yet.
If you would like to see the probably hundreds of photos I'll be taking during my three months here, I'll be keeping a photostream on Flickr, link here: https://www.flickr.com/ photos/124496548@N02/sets/! But if not, here are a few photos from my first week (please excuse the blurriness as most photos were taken from a bouncing tuk-tuk):
Statute of King Norodom Sihanouk Independence Monument
View from Rooftop Bistro Flooding & Protests Lead to 90 Minutes of Traffic