happy new year! and bring on the quiet city!

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Suor Sdey Chhnam Thmey!  Or rather – Happy Cambodia New Year! It’s time to celebrate the end of the harvest season, and hopefully the soon start of the rainy season (because seriously – some precipitation would be amazing to cool the air down)

Time for an office blessing!

Now this is one of the major holidays of the 60 celebrated in Cambodia.  So this means everyone, including us expatriates, gets some days off.  But this also means that offices will be blessed and the great exodus will occur.  Khmer families will traditionally ring in the new year with their families in their hometowns.  Expats will take advantage of the 4-day weekend and head for a long vacation in nearby Indonesia (no tsunami – phew!), Thailand, Laos or Vietnam.  This makes for an exceptionally quiet city.  With friends visiting soon, D and I are delaying our holidays for a couple of weeks, and are just happy to chill out in this lovely silence.  No jackhammers or chainsaws, honking traffic or mobile street merchants yelling out for trash collection or bread.

Our landlords set up these offerings to Buddha on the property. And that's the spirit house in the background. Love it!

However – everything will be closed.  The entire city is on vacation.  So we’ve also stocked up our reserves like the nuclear holocaust is coming.

Nonetheless, I know I’m going to enjoy the rest and a nice break (sort of, not really) from work.  I hope you all have a great and similarly chilled out weekend! xoxox, t

All photos in this post, unless otherwise noted, by infinitiff.  Please do not reproduce or use without permission).


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