Written by on February 18, 2009 in Photo Posts, Photos and Stories in Progress with 2 Comments

I’m back from Cambodia and weighed down with pictures, videos, and thoughts of how to respond. A part of my heart is over there. I can close my eyes any time and wonder how my friends are doing. I know they have struggles and challenges that are easy to forget when life feels so easy. They also have a simple joy of living that I miss now. For nine days I woke up before dawn in anticipation.

I want to tell stories of life, but it’s so hard to put them in words that connect with what’s on my heart. I’ll try in the next few days. If not, at least there are going to be plenty of pictures. Recently I wrote about how many great writers do their best work early in the morning. Maybe I’ll give that a try!

About the Author

About the Author: Andy Gray is a writer and photographer living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and working with Alongsiders International. You can find him puttering around the streets of Phnom Penh on his Suzuki Viva 125, running stoplights and driving on the wrong side of the road or on the sidewalks like a local. If you see him in a coffee shop, he'll be the one typing and deleting the same line over and over again. .


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  • Sue

    I’m glad you’re back and looking forward to seeing your photos and hearing your stories. It’s kind of funny to me that I feel about Japan somewhat the way you feel about Cambodia: “A part of my heart is over there.” After teaching so many women for over a decade, I miss them when they return to Japan. Do you have a language barrier when you’re in Cambodia? I certainly do when I’m in Japan.

  • I seem to have a language barrier in both places. 😉

    I’d really like to learn some Khmer. Even being able to ask and answer basic questions would help me to connect better. Most of the adults I work with speak English. The children speak some English, but it’s limited.

    Good question.