Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Running Amok

The weekend began with Prince William's wedding.  His big day was eclipsed by the birth of Mariah Carey's twins.  Then we moved on from Mariah when some dude in Pakistan was killed.  But now, perhaps you'd like to turn your attention to this piece of breaking news: We are moving to Phnom Penh, Cambodia!

The Temples at Angkor Wat
I realize that for family, emailee's and Facebook friends, this is old news.  But for the handful of followers who I only *know* via this blog, this is for you. After May 25th, it will no longer be Kili Time around here.  Instead, we will be running amok in Cambodia.

After I typed the phrase "running amok" I decided to google it and found out that its origin is actually in SE Asia but is typically used to suggest a murderous rampage.  Hmm, wow.  Not what I was going for exactly.  In my book, "running amok" is a 2 yr old at about 5 o'clock in the afternoon while you're trying to dice some carrots (with a sharp knife) in one hand and also make penguin shapes with Play-Doh in the other hand.  Its the perfect moment of crazy that is only abated with large swigs of Kilimanjaro beer.

Fish Amok
And its in that spirit that I use the phrase as it will characterize our life for the next 2 - 3 months!  But ever more importantly, fish amok is one of the national dishes of Cambodia.  It's a curry that is steamed in a banana leaf cup.  Mmm, seconds please!

It's a very bittersweet time for us right now as we begin the arduous packing process and the even more arduous goodbyes process.  Arusha has been good to us, no doubt.  But likewise, we're excited for this next chapter.  Surely this won't be all I have to say on the matter.  I'll definitely be delving into some waxing nostalgic and maybe even a top ten list or two (note: this may not happen until we're settled in PP as packing will be king around here).  For the time being, just wanted to get the word out in case you start hearing me talk about pad thai and "hotter than Hades" and wonder what happened to all the lions and that big snow-capped mountain.

p.s. like how I used People magazine to report on all the major headlines of the past 72 hours?  Its just how I roll.

Angkor Wat photo courtesy of gumuz on Flickr
Fish Amok photo courtesy of my future watering hole, Cambodia Cooking Class


  1. Congrats!! I hope you continue blogging so I can learn more about all these interesting places you are going to in this world! Gotham Girl

  2. Wow! A new adventure for you all! I can't wait to hear about it!

    ps: need not be embarrassed about People magazine headlines...I read this post and thought, "Mariah had her babies?" I am out of the loop!

  3. What wonderfully exciting news for you and your family! I can't wait to read of your adventures on yet another continent. (I do hope you'll keep blogging?) In the meantime, safe travels and happy settling.