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Preparations...

Getting ready to go!

overcast 32 °F

Today is the beginning of hopefully a great adventure in my life and also with this blog. I have never done this before and still have to learn a lot to make it fun and meaningful for all who want to share and know about my work and adventures in Cambodia.

Since January of 2009 I knew that my professional leave application was approved! It is quite exciting to get a year to renew and redirect one's career, while getting part of my regular salary! The academic year 2009/2010 is my sabbatical year. In the fall I was supposed to finish an article for publication, and the Winter and Spring quarters I will spend in Cambodia, working at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, mentoring and coaching a newly Cambodian faculty, who all received their MSW's from the University of Washington, and now teach at the one year old School of Social Work.

This fall quarter I did make a start with writing an article on 'Dignity: Core value in social work and human rights', which I hoped to have finished, but I discovered that the concept is very contested and it is much more complicated to write about then I thought. I came a long way studying the topic and making notes, but the more I thought I understood it, the more questions were raised. I will continue to work on it, and if anyone has good sources or points of view, let me know.

In the beginning of November, I realized that it is work to get ready to go on a trip! All who have done this before know! One has to make choices about which immunizations to get, consult with travel nurses and doctors about malaria prevention, choose/ buy summer clothes that are appropriate both to the culture and the climate, sublet an apartment in Phnom Penh, study and consult about how to be a helpful mentor and coach, put all my teaching documents on thumb drives, get a new computer and camera, learn how to use all that new equipment, including learning to blog etc!

Of course then there are social events, visits and coffee/tea/wine with friends to start saying my good-bye's.
It is hard to believe that I will be leaving in 6 days!

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This photo is the winter view from our new cabin, Chateau Blue Duck, with co-owners Sheila, John and Janet.

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This was taken at Starvation Lake in WA, outside of Colville, when Andy, Anneke and Vincent were home for Thanksgiving.

Posted by golieda 14:19

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Golie,
I am impressed that you have started a BLOG. It is not within my expertise, so you are a good model for me.

Was it really 32 degrees on the 10th? Well, anyway you will be in warmer temperatures soon; hard to believe.

I wish you safe travels and enriching experiences and look forward to reading about your work, travels and relationships. What do you know about the spiritual practices in Cambodia?

XXOO
Karen

by kmckinney

Hi Golie,

Wishing you a magical and wonderful adventure! I look forward to following you along on your exciting journey.

Jenna

by Infynity

golie- great to see you and Fred the other day. Debby and I wish you best on your new adventure. We will follow your trek.

by billscud

Golie
Bonnie and I really enjoyed meeting you and Fred Sunday night. We will be following your blog and vicariously enjoying your adventures.
Michael

by milosax

High Golie,

Wij zijn weer online, hopelijk voorgoed, zonder problemen. Als eerste heb ik gekeken of je al wat van je aankomst hebt verteld. Nee dus. Ik hoop dat je goed bent aangekomen en kunt acclamatiseren.Veel liefs en ook een stevig hug, Neantske

by Neantske

Hi Golie,
Thinking of you and wondering how your first days have been. Looking forward to hearing stories. Happy travels.

Love,Karen

by kmckinney

Anxiously awaiting your first report. How was your flight? Are you starting to feel settled?
xoxo Marcia

by MarciaL

Looking forward to reading your blog Golie. All is well here. Fred, Tom, Paul and I went to watch Lucas's band last night.

by lisabrown

Hallo lieve Golie,

Vanuit een winters Nederland met veel sneeuw, dat trouwens nu weer wegsmelt, even laten weten dat ik hoop dat alles goed met je gaat. Kijk met spanning uit naar je eerste verhalen. En je weet het: pas goed op jezelf.
liefs, Jannie

by janniep

Hi Golie,
Vanuit een winters Raalte goede Kerstdagen en een gelukkig Nieuwjaar toegewenst.
Veel sterkte en wijsheid met je werk.
We kijken uit naar je belevenissen.
Annie en Henk

by Annie P-J

Happy New Year in a new land!

Love, Heidi

by HeidiG.

Dear Golie,
I can hear your voice as I read your blog. So vividly descriptive. It sounds like you are having an incredible experience! Thank you for sharing it with us. I am sending your blog to Ryan to see if he visited the same cities and temples when he was there in August.
Love, Cindy

by Cindy Mc

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