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Living & Volunteering in Siem Reap

I gave up my job at the end of March 2015 and in a few weeks time I'm Cambodia bound, volunteering for 12 weeks for a community project in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Either I've taken leave of my senses or I'm following a path Or somewhere between the two? This journal is about my trip

Day of Departure!

United Kingdom Birmingham, United Kingdom  |  Jun 11, 2015
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 Headache of packing! 

Well this is the morning of my day of departure for Cambodia and I'm at my brother's near Birmingham. I packed yesterday and I think it's fair to say that I am not what might be termed a 'seasoned traveller'. Why not? One clue is my approch to buying a suitable backpack. Having ordered a backpack on-line, I decided that it wasn't large enough. Now a seasoned traveller would have sensibly seen this as a positive and risen to the challenge by cutting down on the amount of packing in order to travel light. What do I do? Swop my backpack for a larger one...........thankyou Cotswold Outdoor Stores in Cardiff for your help here. OK, no more product plugs!

I then completely filled the larger backpack (which also doubles as a wheeled!) with stuff that I think I might need (but probably won't) and, horror of horrors, left no room for essential items, namely tomato ketchup, marmite and custard. As I write this journal entry I am still wrestling with this dilemma. I hadn't expected to face such a major obstacle so early in my travels (you could say even before my travels have begun, although I did drive from Wales to the West Midlands yesterday).

Then thanks to my brother for agreeing to drive me to the airport later tody for my flight.

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