When living outside my birth culture life is like living an extreme sport and when you share that with someone you can become quick, fast, deeply connected friends. Nothing makes a better friend than a shared experience, a struggle to overcome and the magical-ness of existing in a place that doesn't speak your language. That's what happens at RAW, especially when we all live together as well.
I love Brené Brown and her words on vulnerability. But I am going to struggle being vulnerable if I keep saying goodbye, yet I don't want to! Investing and loving people is a gift we can give and receive. It is a gift that I cherish and protect. Ultimately I wont stop making new friends here but I hope I at least get better at saying hello and goodbye.
Also, as you can see, I straightened my hair for a few days. It was fun but not as much fun as curly Sonya. Another thing to note is this photo was taken inside a Starbucks! It is brand new and only two blocks from my apt. I hadn't been to a Starbucks in Cambodia and walking into it was surreal. It felt like America! The funny thing is even in America I don't go to Starbucks but the feeling of home was welcomed and I may just become a closet fan of Starbucks after all! This also means you can gift me Starbucks gift cards and I can use them here. *wink, wink*
Until next week,
(Son is the nickname I've been given by my Aussie coworkers. It's not 'son' as in opposite of daughter but 'Son' without the 'ya'.)