Well its been culture shock. I dont believe I can live in the USA and enjoy myself. I had looked into moving to Mexico before I travelled to Thailand. And now that I am back in California, Mexico is making more sense. Of course I don’t have the same money I had before living in Thailand and Cambodia. That was almost three years ago and many peso ago. But it may be the perfect solution. Being close to San Diego. Good for medical trips and close to family. I am really going to look into it before I book a flight back to Cambodia. It’s really an idea I have to revisit. I will keep you posted!
Well I have been back in California for two months now. Its been really rainy and cold. After living in Cambodia for the past year where it is sunny and humid everyday-its been a transition.
I left Cambodia on December 18th. I went to Pattaya to join my friend Leon. His former wife is Thai and had bought a new house in a gated community. She moved from Buriram a very Thai town maybe four or five hours away. I had been to Buriram on a visit to Leon. It was not an exciting town and the people were very close knit. I didn’t like it and returned to Cambodia. This was in 2016.
Anyway I left Pattaya to return to California.
Its not going great. I am retired collecting Social Security. Not enough SS.
California is very, very expensive. In Siem Rrap I lived in a hotel long term for $400 a month. This included a buffet breakfast. My room had a flat screen TV, a/c, cable, internet, refrigerator, coffee pot and housekeeping. A pool, restaurant and small bar. I had no car. I took a tuk-tuk everywhere. I did subscribe to netfix for movies, since most TV was in Khmer. I subscribed to Scribb to read books, magazines, documentaries and the news. So my expenses were $400 for the hotel. $12 for Netflix. $9 for Scribb. Tip for housekeeping. Paying to go maybe to the supermarket by tuk-tuk or where ever for maybe $25 a month. Most short trip $1. Long trip $5. Laundry was $1 per bag full. washed, folded and wrapped in plastic bag.
Food was great. Since Siem Reap is a tourist town because of Angor Wat, there was every kind of food. Viva’s had great Mexican food. A taco and Margarita for $3. Greek across the street. A French bakery, half price after 6 pm. Great steak house. Great bars and bands. It was just amazing-all the places to go and tons of shops.
Also they had a four plex movie theather for $3 on weekdays with English speaking hit movies.
You were never bored. I could walk to Pub Street from my hotel. Ot take a leasurly walk along the water.
I loved Siem Reap. But I was A single retired over 66 American woman. Lots of 20 and 30 year olds. Lots of NGO’s. Lots of hostels and backpackers. Tons of older tourists. But not many stayed.
I tried Cambodia twice. Once for 6 months and once for one year. I tried Thailand three times but for shorter stays. Twice for 3 months and once for 6 days. That’s when I checked out of a beautiful bayside hotel and flew to San Diego.
I have no car yet. Studio apt. unfurnished are $1300. To rent a room is going to be the cheaprst $650 plus utilities and buying a car. This is close to nothing and inland. To live by the beach is crazy. So I am really thinking of returning to Cambodia. I am not happy. I have seen my daughter and one grand child once. I have straightened out medical and gained some extra financially. I will see how it goes. I didn’t post any photos because there is nothing to see!!!
I have no idea where I left off. At the moment I am in Kaiser Medical facility in Menifee California. Menifee is approximately 60 miles north of dowtown San Diego.
I was staying at a friend’s house in San Diego, close to Mission Bay. Now I am at another friends.
I am getting all my medical lab work completed. Doctor physical and any necessary tests. In Cambodia medical is limited and in Thailand its diffucult with the language barrier. After the adventure with my American friend, who by the way is still in Thailand homecare, I decided to take advantage of being on Medicare and return to The USA. Medical coverage while outside of the US is very expensive. I was alone since my friend Leon And I parted ways in Pattaya Thailand on Christmas Eve.
I returned to San Diego on December 27th after a nightmare trip from Bangkok BBK to Shanghai, China which was suppose to be somewhere in Japan.
In Shanghai it was cold. I had on flip flops and a thin jacket. It was freezing in the airport. It was a layover. Six hour layover. All we were doing was changing planes. They fingerprinted me twice along with photo. They made me go thru customs. And another line. It was a nightmare. I followed signs that said foreigners and it was wrong line. Nice gentleman from Singapore that spoke English directed me to the correct location.
Arrived at San Francisco airport and the crew was delayed in Houston. So four more hours at airport. After three and a half hours they gave us snacks and water for the delay.
Everything in the airpirt cost a fortune!!
Finally made it back to San Diego. Caught a cab and went to the closest hotel to the Bay!!
I walked over to De Anza Cove close to where I had lived. It was beautiful. Was happy to be home.
Its been difficult getting settled.