The moving process has really taken quite a while. After watching our teammates move and learning from them, thankfully we gave ourselves plenty of time. Case in point – our wardrobe adventures. Houses in Cambodia don’t have closets. No idea why this is, they just don’t. You don’t go out to a big box furniture store to get one either, rather you go somewhere with a photo and have a wardrobe made. We tried to size the wardrobes smaller so they could be carried upstairs, but it turns out our staircase is a little extra tight. Someone told us, no problem, just get movers to come and they fly it through the window. Huh. Okay, maybe this is why the windows and balconies are so large?
We got the name of the moving company from some of our teammates and scheduled the “wardrobe flying event”. Our teammates raved about this company but neglected one tiny detail. I have to confess, both of us were expecting a small crane on a truck to show up and the movers to hoist the wardrobes onto the balcony. I was not prepared for two shoeless, shirtless guys on a moto with one very long strap. I was also not prepared for them to be frightened of tiny Geordi, so we made sure he stayed in another room, much to his annoyance. Then, with everyone in the neighborhood watching, the two guys pulled the wardrobes up a couple floors into the house! In the midst of all this, our landlord pulls up. Now, my first thought was, well, this could be weird/awkward. Nope, all normal! Evidently not a strange sight at all. He glanced up to see why I was laughing with my camera, talked to me for a couple minutes and that was that. He was in the neighborhood for something else entirely.
Halfway through this process one of the guys walks over to Ian and hands him a phone. Ian starts in Khmer, trying to figure out why he needs to talk to this person, but they speak English. Evidently the mover just wanted Ian to translate. That was a new one! Ian arranges for the movers to help out this random dude the next day and hands the phone back. All in all, the moving company really did do a fantastic job, as we were told they would, and Ian is now Facebook friends with one of the movers. In Cambodia, that’s official!