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The First Leg of the Journey   (published in Cambodia)

December 29, 2017 by   Comments(0)

Made it to Taipei! It's 6:30 am here and boarding is at 8:15 am for the final leg of the journey. Only a few more hours to go and I'm at my 'home' for the next 6 weeks. So far, I'm not a fan of the food here...hopefully it's just an airplane food thing, lol. The food is bland and has a smell to it...texture is also either slimey or rubbery...not a fan  The 15 hour flight didn't feel that long so hopefully this final leg will fly by! Excited to take Cambodia by storm 

QOTD: "Travel far enough, you meet yourself."

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The First Leg of the Journey
The First Leg of the Journey

And so the Adventure Begins: Take 2   (published in Cambodia)

December 29, 2017 by   Comments(0)

Waiting at the airport with about a half hour to go until boarding. Déjà vu? Lol. After waiting in the airplane until around 6 am this morning, we were told there were engine problems and the flight was going to be delayed until 10 pm tonight. Everything happens for a reason and it was an "interesting" experience, nonetheless. I'm going to Cambodia one way or another. Hopefully take 2 is the one!

QOTD: "Some things in life are out of your control. You can make it a party or a tragedy."

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And so the Adventure Begins: Take 2
And so the Adventure Begins: Take 2

"And so the adventure begins..."   (published in Cambodia)

December 28, 2017 by   Comments(1)

Waiting in the airport, there's only a half hour to go until boarding. Still hasn't really hit me that I'm going halfway across the world, leaving the comfort of my everday life. I'm ready for some change and open to adventure. Excited to start the new year in Cambodia! 

"You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens."

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"And so the adventure begins..."
"And so the adventure begins..."

The building project; het bouwproject   (published in Nepal)

December 26, 2017 by   Comments(0)


On Christmas day, it was me who was sweating, not the turkey.. At the moment, we are around 20 volunteers at the building project. We were divided into groups with different tasks. My first task was to dig sand onto a cement bag, carry it into a finished classroom, and pour it out on the floor there to make the floor even. After lunch, I helped making cement, which also involves a lot of digging, and then started laying bricks. We work from 10.30 to 15.30, so that is not too bad. But I was exhausted when we were finished! We are picked up by a small van every morning and brought back in the afternoon. When we got back, I took a shower (very necessary after work, you find dust in your nose, ears, and everywhere) and then got ready to go into town for a Western Christmas dinner with my roommate and one other volunteer. See picture below! 

Today, I started making cement and laying bricks. After lunch, I gave the bricks a bath. Haha, let me explain that. The bricks are laying in the sun for a long time, so they are very dry. Before we place them on the wall we build, they need a few minutes in water to be easier to handle. I am just not very convined that this school will survive an earthquake if that should come again.. Because, when you pick uo a brick, some may just fall apart or a piece falls off. Even then, we are instructed to use those pieces to build with. When the bricks are wet, we carry them to the classrooms we are building and start building again. Since we are 20 people, we can divide the tasks and everything goes quite quickly.

Every day ariund 12.00, we get lunch. This consists of a paper lunchbox with a hot meal, for example we got noodles on Monday and today meat and vegetables packed in dough. We also always get a banana, which makes me really happy ...

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The building project; het bouwproject
The building project; het bouwproject

Goodbye beautiful Mongolia   (published in Mongolia)

December 24, 2017 by   Comments(0)

12 weken geleden was het zo ver voor mijn grote avontuur. Veel te zenuwachtig zat ik op Schiphol, erg benieuwd wat mij te wachten stond. Nu, 12 weken later, voor mijn gevoel na 3 keer knipperen is het alweer voorbij. Ondanks dat ik het super fijn vind om mijn familie, vrienden en in het speciaal natuurlijk Lau weer te zien, want 12 weken van huis is toch best wel lang, is het ook mega jammer dat het alweer voorbij is. Waarschijnlijk één van de grootste ervaringen die ik in mijn leven ga meemaken, en een grote ervaring was het zeker. Ik ben echt ontzettend blij dat ik de keuze gemaakt heb om dit te gaan doen, want wat heb ik het naar mijn zin gehad, wat heb ik veel geleerd binnen mijn studie, maar ook buiten, wat heb ik leuke en lieve mensen ontmoet en wat heb ik mooie plekken gezien.

In mijn laatste drie weken ben ik ergens anders gaan werken. Eerst dacht ik dat het de kinderbescherming was, maar dat was achteraf niet helemaal waar. Ik heb gewerkt bij een organisatie genaamd “Beautiful Hearts against sexual child abuse”. Zelf heb ik alleen niet ontzettend veel binnen dit onderwerp gedaan. Ik kreeg de taak om workshops te organiseren voor studenten van de universiteit over psychologische onderwerpen, wat echt ontzettend leuk om te doen was. En de studenten vonden mijn workshops ook nog eens super leuk om te krijgen, dus dat compliment kan ik in mijn broekzak steken. Ik heb in totaal drie workshops gegeven. De eerste workshop had het onderwerp “time management”. Eén ding waar ik zeker ben achter gekomen in Mongolië is dat Mongolen dus echt niet op tijd kunnen komen. Ik dacht dat ik altijd te laat was, maar hier is het helemaal niet gek als je langer dan een uur op je laat wachten, altijd met hetzelfde excuus ...

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Goodbye beautiful Mongolia
Goodbye beautiful Mongolia

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