លា (Goodbye)

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Today is it. 15 days, 6 temples, 40+ hours of tuk tuk rides, a handful of crickets, 4000 degree boiling beef noodle soup and 1 shipping container. Although the clinic is still far from the colorful box we showed back in February it has progressed and is closer to becoming a reality. We have learned a huge amount about the Cambodian culture, construction techniques and even a few words in Khmer (well enough to tell our tuk tuk how to get home).

As it is our last day, we got an early start to make it up to the site to meet up with William (our contractor) and upon arrival our clinic was full of activity, much more than had been seen previously. A crew of about six continued to weld in the framing for the glazing and the start of the cross bracing. Our concerns about the bow of the container were solved with some brute force and spare lumber. The whole container needs to get leveled prior to the concrete floor but as we drove down the dirt "road" for the last time well felt much more confident in the crew and the completion of the project.

Although we arrived with much grander ambitions about how much further along the clinic would be, upon our departure we leave our gutted shipping container in the capable hands of David and the rest of BTI. After being here, seeing the container, and spending the first week working through the details, we will be able to continue providing assistance with more knowledge than when we first envisioned this project.

We'll continue posting updates and photos as BTI passes them onto us, but this will be our last post from Cambodia. We will soon eat our last official Khmer meal and board the start of our 24 hours of flying (hopefully with a short trip into Seoul to break it up).

It's been two weeks that none of us expected, it had its ups and downs but in the end we are closer to providing healthcare to the rural population of Cambodia, the whole reason we made this journey in the first place.

More photos and hopefully more clinics to come in the future.