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Cambodia in a heartbeat

We started in Siem Reap, home to Angkor Wat, met artisans rediscovering traditional crafts all but lost in recent history, ate amazing food, loved Phnom Penh and a Royal Palace, we ate crab in Kep and lost our hearts in Kampot.

I’ve been drafting a gazillion blog posts in my head about how wonderful our trip to Cambodia was.  Because it was without doubt fabulous! I’ve unfortunately hit the deck running on my return with more work coming in than I know what to do with so my Cambodian reflections are going to be brief.

 Angkor Wat at sunrise

 No-one takes cameras anymore, the world is filled with iPhones.  My kind of people!
Inflight paperwork.  I love a Kingdom!

With this in mind, I’ve been looking at how I do things, how things can be done better.  How to be more efficient and less eleventh-hour-panic.  Obviously consistency is the answer.  Make a schedule, give myself a daily quota – and just get on with it.  Easy.

The only thing is, with a perfectionist streak a mile long, I’m prone to procrastinate if I don’t think something will be done as well as I imagine it.  This is where I go wrong.  I read something once about being overwhelmed by information and spending so much time thinking about a problem that you end up losing the ability to act.

The conclusion is to stop thinking and start acting.  Easy.

Acting on a good plan today is better than waiting for a perfect plan tomorrow.

So, with a million things to do to meet my day’s quota, I’ve put together a quick snapshot of my time in Cambodia.  It was without doubt amazing.  Confronting, not beautiful, not easy but so fascinating.  And the people!  And the kids!  And the food!  And I like the people we were when we were there.  Does that make sense?  I’d liked being me in Cambodia.

And I’d go back in a heartbeat.


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