Saturday 14th October 2017

Sorry I forgot to write yesterday. Yesterday we had more training, but this time round, we were learning Khmer (the Cambodian language). We also went to a museum where the Khmer Rouge created a prison and captured and slaughtered Cambodian intellectuals from 1970 – 1975. Learning about the history of Cambodia, and the resilience of the country after the Khmer Rouge was so enlightening. I need to read up more on it when I have time.

I also did my first poo in a squat toilet yesterday. Most traumatic experience ever. No tissue, instead had to clean bum with hands and water. Omds. I don’t know how I’m going to cope over the next 3 months.

But yh, we finished training around 5:30pm. The key facts I learnt in training yesterday:

  • Curfew is at 7:30pm
  • Crossing your fingers (eg. for good luck) is an insult in Khmer (it means female genitals)
  • Don’t point at people with one finger, it is considered rude. Point with your whole hand.
  • VSO works with Cambodian youth because youth are more willing to bring change than older adults

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TODAY, right now, it is the morning of Saturday the 14th and we have just started training. Later on, we are apparently going to the markets, very excited!!! I decided to wear my dashiki to training today and all the oyinbos are gobsmacked like ‘OMG its amazing!!!’ Looool ❤ these times every black person wears them in SE London.