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*Dear Bob* Letter From Cathie McIntyre On *Around-The-World* Ticket.

by Nancy (Help Desk Team) for Admin

Dear Bob,

Thank you for keeping us Saigon Kids together. Without you, we probably wouldn’t have found each other!

I am in Cambodia for 2.5 months. I taught English at a village an orphanage for six weeks, and now I am working for an NGO in Phnom Penh. Here are a few photos.

Me in front of one of the Royal Palace buildings, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Cathie McIntyre. Phnom Penh, Cambodia Circa June 2014.

Cathie McIntyre in front of one of the Royal Palace buildings, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Circa June 2014.

Farewell celebration held in my honor on my last day at the orphanage. My students danced, sang, and did their final rendition of the hokey-pokey. I was given the lovely jasmine wreath to wear around my neck. It was a wonderful tribute, and I felt twinges of regret about leaving.

Cathie McIntyre Farewell Celebration Cambodia Orphanage June 2014

Cathie McIntyre Farewell Celebration, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Orphanage. Circa June 2014.

Cathie McIntyre Farewell Celebration at Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

Cathie McIntyre Farewell Celebration at Phnom Pehn, Cambodia, orphanage. Circa June 2014

Cathie McIntyre Farewell Celebration Cambodia Orphanage 2014

Cathie McIntyre Farewell Celebration Phnom Penh, Cambodia, orphanage. Circa June 2014.

Maybe you’ll remember that I was supposed to volunteer in Hue from Jan-March. That never happened because of changes in work permit and business visa requirements. I spent over $3000 trying to make that trip happen but finally gave up because I could not get the work permit and visa resolved between Nov. 17, the date I received notice of new laws, and Dec. 27, the date of my scheduled flight. The NGO Hue Help said it probably would be after Feb 8 that everything would be sorted, due to Tet. I gave up and came to Cambodia in April instead. I am on an around-the-world ticket, and left the US in March for stops in London, Belgrade, Bahrain, Delhi, Bangkok, and now Phnom Penh. Future stops will be Manila, Kauai, LA, and finally Raleigh/Durham. I’ll begin settling in Durham on Aug 6 and then I will face the reality of retirement!

I will remain in Phnom Penh until July 16. Then I will fly to the Philippines for 10 days. And then, guess what?! Sarah Bush Rogers has invited me to stay with her while I am in Hawaii. When my plane lands in Honolulu on July 26, I will walk to a gate for my flight to Kauai. See? Without the Saigon Kids connection, thanks to you, I would not have been in touch with Sarah. Now we will have a three-day visit together. It’ll be great fun, and we’ll send photos.

Aloha,
Cathie

2 comments to *Dear Bob* Letter From Cathie McIntyre On *Around-The-World* Ticket.

  • Kenneth R. Yeager

    I envy you every inch of your travels. Now you need to plan your Africa trip.

  • Ruth Matteson Blackmore

    Cathie,

    What a wonderful journey and work experience in Cambodia. Lovely tribute from your students too. I was in Cambodia in 2009 with Miss Sarah as part of our trip to the Saigon Kids reunion. Saw the picture of you and Sarah on Facebook from Kauai and keep thinking a have to make a trip to Kauai again.

    Take care and hope to see you at another reunion.

    Ruth

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