Settling in to Cambodia.

The main part is done, getting a house. And I’m used to taking a wet floor shower,  (No bathtub, but actually me and my sisters bathroom has a bathtub which is really rare for Cambodia.).

Going to the Toul tompoung market (you can call it the Russian market), its mostly stalls and crammed and kind of outdoor with a tin roof and BLAZING HOT in the middle (just picture it kind of like a maze) 6 days a week.

Drinking water from a 5 gallon…….Thingy full of water with a little pusher button like a water fountain except it’s blue, clear and on your kitchen counter! Washing your ink black feet every single day (we wear flip flops outside plus its dusty and theres no carpet, just tile) with a little faucet in your bathroom and scrubbing your feet with a washcloth!

And I love waving to our 7 years old little neighbor from our balcony:)! And sleeping with my sisters in a king (ish) sized bed while you have to share a little quilt with a blanket stealing sister! But so far, so good!

But sometimes you just have to live with missing people and family, or having a cold because you can’t find your pillow and have to sleep flat or your hair getting all ratty because of dust and wind. You win some you lose some:)!

I went from looking out to an american neighborhood to “Africa” (Abbey lane) to Phnom Penh, Cambodia! And if I miss people I just think “Maybe sometime they’ll come visit us!”

And I just saw a pig! But in your mind your probably thinking ” the pink little curly-tailed pig” but I’m talking Brown, Cow-size monster in the middle of the courtyard of toul tompung ( Its the area we live in) High school right at the end of our street. 3 by 3 inch snout and about 6/7 feet from head to bottom and 1 and a half feet wide! Just chilling and staring at the kids that go to the high school!

Cambodia is just a huge fun fiasco!:)

And thats one point from Cambodia, Hope you come soon my friends!


  1. Reply
    Your Mama January 26, 2015

    This post is so you. I can hear you saying all these words (have heard you say all these words). I love you. I love living in Cambodia with you. Keep writing, little one!

  2. Reply
    Sharon January 24, 2015


    I really enjoyed your perspective of Cambodia in this post. Thank you for sharing it. I’m a friend of your Mom’s (actually, we’ve never even met in real life, but I’ve met her cousin, Jen), but I just have to say, I can’t believe how quickly you are growing up. I think you were, maybe 5, when I first started reading your Mom’s blog.

    I look forward to reading more of what you have to say.

    • Reply
      Nina Taviano May 2, 2015

      Sharon- I’m looking forward to read your comments!-Nina(;

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    Pam January 24, 2015

    Huge fun fiasco. You are so much fun Nina Bus!!! A pig, monkeys, cows running down the street, and elephants. You pretty much live in a zoo – so fun! Miss you!!!

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    Sister Livi January 24, 2015

    Oh, Nina! I hope you have fun living in your new huge fun fiasco of a life! And I hope you can see the non-little pink curly tailed pig again! You are just a hoot! It would be so much fun having you as a sister. Maybe.

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