Tuesday, July 6, 2010

We are soooooo close to getting home. We're now sitting in the Seattle airport waiting for our next flight. The flight here didn't seem to long though because we just slept most of the way. I'm really sick of airplane air and food.

See you guys at home!
Hello from Taiwan.... again. Abby and I have claimed ourselves a spot on the airport floor to camp out for a 5 hour layover. Woo good times. Abby is pretty frustrated though that she can't find a decent snack to eat besides dumplings. So instead, we got a water and a coke.

I'm pretty sure we just saw the male Taiwan version of Brittany Spears. Long blond hair with nasty grown out roots and a black undertone. Man I love Taiwan.

The flight here wasn't too bad, we basically just slept the entire way. The only time we woke up was to eat some yummy airplane food. I'm just relieved we were able to check our bags. My bag felt like it weighed as much as my body weight and I prayed it wouldn't be overweight and God answered my prayer. It was barely under.

So cute story of the day. Because our apartment was on the fifth floor, Abby, Joanna, and I were afraid to take all of our bags down the stairs without breaking ourselves or something else. We grabbed a couple guys from outside and we paid them to take our bags down. One dollar each, no big deal. The little boy who's parents own the apartment building offered to help too. He can't be no more than 8 and he's a sweetheart. After we were all finished carrying the bags downstairs we gave a dollar to each of the men. I went up to the little boy and thanked him for helping and handed him his dollar. You would have thought he won the lottery. He had the biggest smile and got really shy. I would say that's a good note to end Cambodia on.

Well. Hopefully the time goes quickly so we can get settled on our next flight with some good movies.

Sorry it took so long, but this is the final shot of the wall

Twister time

Poor Phirum

Joanna playing with the girls

Monday, July 5, 2010

This is our last day in Cambodia and it feels weird to be saying I'm going home because this has been my home for almost a month now.

Yesterday we spent the day at the pool just relaxing and enjoying our last full day. It was absolutely wonderful.

Then that night we went to the center just to hang out with the girls and enjoy spending time with them. When James and Athena got here they brought the game Twister so we decided to try it out. It was absolutely hilarious. Girls were falling all over each other and laughing hysterically. Poor Phirum, his little body couldn't stretch across the mat very well because he is so small. He sure did give his best efforts though with a bunch of sarcastic complaining yells. My stomach hurt because I was laughing so hard. It really was a great way to end our time with the girls.

I feel so honored to be able to spend time with these amazing human beings. We are around the same age and I cannot even imagine all the things they have gone through. The strength they have is unbelievable. I am so thankful that God has given me this experience. Cambodia has definitely gotten into my blood and is apart of me now.

A big thank you goes out to James, Athena, Summer, and Joanna. They are the reason we were able to survive here. They have been so supportive through this entire trip.

Another thank you goes to all of you reading this. You are the reason we were able to get here emotionally and financially.

I will have to update my last group of pictures when I get to the airport because I forgot my camera at the apartment. I will continue to update in the airports until we get safely home.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Hello from Cambodia. This is James Pond - posting to Kaytlyn's blog with an appeal for you to 'vote' and make an impact in the lives of girls, here in Phnom Penh. Transitions Global is about restoring dreams to girls that have been robbed and prevented from having a future. Kaytlyn and Abby have been here for the past weeks, working (and playing) with the girls and getting to know them - as girls, as teenagers, as freed slaves.

Right now, Chase Bank (yeah, the really big one) is offering millions of dollars to organizations for free! Ranging from $20,000 - 250,000 for first place! All you have to do, is vote...you follow the link on Facebook at within a couple of clicks, you will have given us the opportunity to win some money that will directly impact the lives of these girls. So, please, take 30 seconds and 'vote' for Transitions Global.

Go here or Athena's facebook
Happy 4th of July everyone! It definitely didn't feel like it here.

Joanna, Abby, and I had a 4th of July that consisted of going to a pool and hanging out for most of the day. This one pool that Joanna really wanted us to go to is under construction so we asked the man there if he knew of any other pools that we could go to. He mentioned a pool that was only $5 to get into so we grabbed a tuk and went there. Just from the road you would have never known it was a hotel/pool. At first we thought we were at the wrong place. As soon as we walked up to the gate though, a man opened it and revealed this small resort like property. The pool was toward the back and it had chairs to lay on and a little poolside resturant to grab a bite to eat. It was refreshing to see something so "normal."

We met this awesome family at the pool that was from London. This lady, her husband, her two sons, and her daughter are traveling the world for 3 months. Some of the places they are going to are, Cambodia (obviously), Australia, Fiji and California. How awesome is that? When I have a family someday, I want to do something like that.

After relaxing at the pool for 3 hours, not shocking, it started to rain, so we called it quits. Abby was super tired and we dropped her off at our apartment to take a nap while Joanna and I decided to get foot and shoulder massages.

Later on, we met up with James, Athena, and Summer for dinner at this Thai place called Setsara. It was super good. I had Pah Thai, which is now my favorite Thai dish.

Today seemed to go by really fast. I mean, you guys get to celebrate Fourth of July American style, and we get to celebrate it Cambodian style.

Tomorrow is going to be a really sad day. Our last day with the girls, our last day with Polo as our driver, and our last full day to spend with Joanna. I'm really going to miss this place. Although, I know there are great things in store for me after I leave here and I have no doubt that I will be back. It's amazing though how close we have become to these people in three short weeks.

A couple boys that jumped on the back of our tuk

A monk

This is the huge brothel that I wrote about in one of my recent post

Some of the girls tye dye shirts

The intense raining, it's kinda blurry, put you get the feeling for it

The girls in their shirts

Phirum made this for Abby and I, he's so sweet

This sign says it all