Living in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia, has its ups and downs according to Australian expat Liz, but on the whole the ups happen more than the downs.This writer and mom-to-be shares some parts of her expat life in Phnom Penh and gives advice on what one may expect to find and experience in Phnom Penh. I was born in Dubbo, Central NSW, Australia then lived in Sydney for 11 years before moving to Phnom Penh.-In which country and city are you living now?My main tip would be to relax and not to expect everything to run as efficiently or smoothly as it might at home.People who get easily upset at little things like mix-ups when ordering food in restaurants, communication breakdowns and things taking a long time will find it harder to accept life in Cambodia than those who can overcome the small hiccups that inevitably happen.-Do you have any favorite Web sites or blogs about Cambodia?(Why walk when you catch a moto or a tuk tuk or drive your car?! -What are the positive and negative aspects of living in Cambodia?Positives include the laidback, friendly nature of Cambodian people, the warm tropical climate (though it can get too warm, particularly in April), the slower pace of life and ease of meeting new people, that most places you go to in Phnom Penh are only 5-15 minutes away (no long commute! Negatives include dealing with a corrupt and ineffective legal system if something goes wrong, traffic police looking for bribes, the mounting rubbish on the streets, fending off beggars/shoe shine kids/book vendors etc.
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You can then keep renewing it indefinitely.-Was it difficult for you to get medical insurance before you went there or when you first arrived?Beyond that, we definitely want to do some more travel around Asia - something you have to take advantage of being so close to so many fantastic places. -What about housing, have you bought, or are you renting a home? We rent a 2-bedroom apartment in a central location in a street just off Phnom Penh's riverfront.Some expats rent studios for US$250 a month, others rent huge villas for $2000 a month and up.Generally Cambodian people are among the friendliest people around and most have a great sense of humour, they're constantly laughing and joking around.
No-one's ever in a rush though and they also don't like to walk anywhere and seem to think foreigners who enjoy walking around are strange!
I recently started a blog, which focuses on fun, lifestyle topics (rather than Cambodia's more pressing issues).