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The exhaustion is real

Updated: Jan 18

I realized yesterday that in the span of a week I've been on 3 different continents, 4 countries and had been traveling straight for 6 days in a row. To say it mildly, I'm exhausted. I'm also a bit sick, head cold status, so that is not helping.

I'm very pleased to announce, though, that I have slept in the same bed for 2 nights in a row and it will be home for me for the following 5 weeks.

I traveled by minibus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh a few days back. It was a deeply sobering drive. Seeing poverty on repeat for 7 hours was more than enough to allow the tears to stream down my cheeks. Mid trip we came upon a dog that had just been hit by a car and was crying and struggling in the road. I'm crying even now recalling the scene. It was deeply heart breaking and such a helpless feeling to watch that little being suffer.

I've now spent two days volunteering at Hands of Hope, a state-run autism school. There are about 120 kids ages 4 to 10. Mostly all the kids are on the autism spectrum and there are a handful of Downs syndrome kids as well. The class sizes seem to be around 8 kids per 2 teachers. And the classrooms are BEAUTIFUL!!

The kids, at large, are pretty enamored with me. More my nose rings than anything! I'm learning lots of Khmer, the local language. Ar kun: Thank You, Soursadai: Hello, Boon tuek tuk: bathroom. The spellings here are just how they sound to me.

I'll shower you with more details as the days go by. At large, I am LOVING the school and the kids and the teachers. This is such a fit for my skill set and my heart.

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I love your stories ❤ and your pictures make it all so real. May I say I'm very proud of you? I can almost feel your treasured memories. Missing you and looking forward to your next blog 🙋‍♀️


Suz! It fills my heart to read your voice. I love you! - Meggen


Sending You love and light! I miss you and I am so thrilled you are sharing via blog! Soak it all in. You are exactly where you have been called to be. Love you my friend. - Lisa


So glad to see you are sharing on here regularly!! I'm following along on every post. There are some sad sights to see in those countries but the happy ones warm the heart. Can't wait to read more.


Susie Schulz
Susie Schulz

Thanks Nicole! And thanks for following along. It actually feels really connective for me to write this with the knowledge that friends are sharing in it with me. :)

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