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Published: December 13th 2013
We began our day at Sovann Komar (Golden Child) village, which is an orphanage that's structured unusually in that instead of one nanny to 20 children, there are smaller family groups with hired parents who are college-educated and make a 20-year commitment to their constructed families. No photos, since it's not allowed for confidentiality and security. They are opening a restaurant soon, though, and I'll look forward to trying it next time I'm here. We were toured around by an Oregon intern, which is always a delight.
I began to feel ill at mid-morning, as did another student. By now, most people have become ill, some badly so. I've had words with the hotel, since the only food we have in common is breakfast. This hotel, like many I frequent, is a training site for rural and disadvantaged Khmer, so I'll cut them slack one time, though I spent most of yesterday feverish and more liquid-producing than I'd like.
I will write more extensively about today (the 13th) later--I'm about to attend an AA meeting with about half of the students.
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