|We travelled today to the small village, named Svay Chrum. We first took a shared taxi with 7 people to the Mekong River. From there, we took a ferry across the river and then a motorcycle for the last 2 hours. It was a wonderful way to see the countryside. The house is a beautiful wooden structure that has been called their "Robinson Crusoe house" by friends. It is built on stilts about 8 feet off the ground and all of the windows open out (pictures to come). I have my own room, complete with mosquito net. From one of my windows, I can see the well from which one of the staff draw water every morning by pushing down the pedals with their feet. It's kind of like a stairmaster except without the intent of calorie burning. I was feeling pretty sick in the afternoon (also, it was hotter than words can describe), so I took a nap. when I woke, Sokah (the cook), had prepared a delicious meal. It was the first of many to come. I sat up with Debbie and John talking after the sunset about many things. They told me a bit about their community programs, such as the park they built for the children in the village, the TB clinic and giving money to widowed women. I told them some about my travels and the state of politics in the United States. I fell asleep, happy, under my mosquito net.