Not quite there but close....

Tonight Andrew and I ventured into the Northeast District in search of Cambodian fare. I had spotted a sign for "Phnom Penh: Cambodian and Chinese Fare" Restaurant while driving down Independence Avenue a few weeks ago. We made a trek out to Independence for a good deal on a turquoise blue hardback Samsonite suitcase, and decided to seek out the Cambodian restaurant.

Of course, it had closed about 2 years ago and morphed into a tax shop, old computers sitting on dining tables and on the serving window bar. Disappointed, we went across the street to Lau De KC, a Vietnamese restaurant and were delighted to discover that the owner, although Vietnamese, had lived in Phnom Penh for 10 years and married a Cambodian woman. We took a crash course in the evolution of Southeast Asian languages and basic greetings in Khmer, while I ate yummy Pho soup with shaved beef and noodles and Andrew went the more adventurous route with a soup that consisted of noodles, congealed pork blood, oxtail, and pork knuckles. Wish I'd had a camera! But I have a feeling that this is only the first of our culinary adventures.

And now, I did promise you that I'd explain our decision to move to Cambodia and live there for 5 months. Last year, after our initial trip to Haiti in March 2010, we began thinking about moving overseas for relief/development/missions work and exploring our options. I've always admired and followed the work of Samaritan's Purse (SP) and been interested in their internship program. Andrew discovered they have a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) internship that would put to good use his skills as a civil engineer. We sent in our applications in September, and began the loooong wait (it felt long!) until we'd interviewed with two different offices and received an offer from the SP office in Cambodia.

That's the story in a nutshell! We are incredibly excited to start this new chapter in our lives together. Getting married was heady enough, and we can't even begin to imagine the joy and challenges that await us in Cambodia. We leave on March 14 for a 5-day orientation at the SP headquarters in North Carolina, and then fly out to Phnom Penh, Cambodia on March 19 and will return mid-August.

Hopefully we will be posting to this blog pretty regularly to let you know that we are alive, safe and thriving. And hey! Give us a shout-out if you are reading this! It's always to nice to know that I'm not just typing into oblivion.