The First Day of the New Year

1 01 2012

The first day of 2012 is coming to a close here in Cambodia. We didn’t do anything special to ring in the new year; instead, we had a quiet, but lovely, weekend at site. We stayed in bed as late as possible then started the day with some of the usual chores: washing laundry and buying veggies at the market. We studied a little Khmer, worked on some projects, and streamed a couple of our favorite shows. We caught up on emails and took mid-afternoon naps. Tim met up for a Coke with a friend while I went riding through the villages.

The only sign of the holiday in our house was this single piece of cake

In many ways, I think today captures my expectations for 2012. These are the things that have become our reality in 2011 and that I’m sure will begin to feel even more comfortable in the year ahead. The Peace Corps experience gets romanticized as being two years full of adventure, where every day brings an exciting story to tell. While I’m sure that 2012 will bring plenty of adventures, it will also bring lazy weekends at site, a lot of  quality time with Tim, and hours upon hours of studying and project planning.

If 2012 is anything like I’m expecting, it’s going to be an incredible year.

Happy New Year from Cambodia with love!

Katie

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6 responses

1 01 2012
kbergen

I think you mean ‘giant piece of frosting’ ;)

2 01 2012
timkatstravels

Same same but different. And delicious.

1 01 2012
Kate

Chris and I had much the same type of day- including sleeping in, which felt so good! We had planned to stay in new years eve, but got a last minute invite to dinner with the deputy governor which was weird but good! Add that last minute to the typical of life in cambodia- laundry, sweeping, bike riding to enjoy some free wifi for an hour or so…and that sums up our happy little life- random moments with HCNs that are unexpected with the everyday simplicity of life here! I’m glad that you and Tim had a great NY weekend! Cheers!

2 01 2012
timkatstravels

Yay! Happy New Year to both of you!

1 01 2012
Susannah

Sounds like a great way to spend the holiday, actually! Very similar to how Rob and I spent it :)

2 01 2012
timkatstravels

It was fantastic, actually. Can’t wait to hear more about your New Years. Will call you in a few hours.

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