Phnom Penh has a population of about 1.5 million and more times than not things are chaotic, cramped, and loud. I have literally been stuck in traffic walking, I'm not kidding! But in its own way, like the quote says, it is peaceful and at least to me, something beautiful.
Basically, the daily flow is based a lot on light and temperature. Much of the city wakes with the sunrise and shuts down at nightfall. In the heat of midday, there are often siesta-type lunches and breaks from daily business. If a picture paints a thousand words, then I hope this short video paints for you a bit of what some of the infrastructure is like here in Phnom Penh and what its like to watch the street where I'm staying wake up...
I have been scheduling meetings, observations, and collaborative sessions with partner organizations, and have been able to have some already. I am already collecting lots of important info for DSI's program committee. Each day, I look forward to it. I know that sounds cheesy, but really, it's the truth!
And I just have to say, our partners are so thankful for our continued involvement and commitment to our shared mission to help advance the rights and quality of life for those with disabilities and frequently say things like:
"We are very much appreciated for your hard work to develop your organization strategic to support our organization as well as other organisations in Cambodia. We are looking forwards to having a good collaboration."
We do too.