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Allison Smith
Works at OIC: The Cambodia Project
Lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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An essay on change, moving on, and reincarnation, my latest on Beacon Reader. #Cambodia   #Battambang  
Expatriate life in northwestern Cambodia undergoes continuous rebirth. When we arrived a year ago, we replaced those who were leaving, and now it is our turn to go. We feel the tissues regenerating; we feel them dying. Allison Jane Smith on the nature of life as an expat in Cambodia and how people are different in different places.
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It was my birthday last weekend. Here are my thoughts on turning 26, and (not) having the answers to the questions that people ask about living overseas.
I reflect on turning 26, and (not) having the answers to the questions that people ask about living overseas.
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I recently visited Canada and was shocked by everyone's obsession with cottages. #Canada   #summer  
After an entire year spent in Cambodia, except for two uneventful hours spent just on the other side of Cambodian border in Thailand and a few days as a movie extra pretending to be in Thailand, I ...
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We expected a quiet weekend on an island. What we got was a life-threatening boat ride, assault by fishing tackles, and even threats to the security of our electronics.

#Cambodia   #beach    #vacation
It's June, and all is quiet in Battambang. Too quiet. It's time to shake things up. Sarah, a former Battambanger, manages a rustic campground on a tiny island in the Gulf of Thailand, inhabited onl...
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On the feeling of gazing out at the ocean. #poetry 
A poem inspired while on an island watching the ocean crash against the shore.
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For #CanadaDay, I reflect on what being in Cambodia has taught me about being a Canadian, and what I miss most about my country.

#HappyCanadaDay  
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The Australian animals are out for blood. Watch yourself. 

#Australia  
So you're visiting Australia. Well, you should know that most of the animals there will try to kill you.
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My latest on Beacon Reader: a brief history of money in Cambodia, the only country to have ever abolished it. 
Cambodia is the only country to have ever abolished money, but it has more than made up for that brief interlude by using numerous currencies today. Allison Jane Smith explains the history of Cambodia’s currency, the riel, and describes what other currencies you can use in the country.
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When going from Toronto to Athens took me 22 hours instead of the normal 12, I used the extra time to consider staph infections and Star Trek.
Recently, going from Toronto to Athens took me 22 hours instead of the scheduled 12, an incredible accomplishment considering you can get from Canada to Cambodia in 24 hours. Thanks to the magic an...
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In Cambodia, poverty makes it difficult for families to be together, continuing what the Khmer Rouge started decades ago. 

My latest on Beacon Reader. 
Decades ago in Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge tried to break up the family unit.  Allison Jane Smith explains how poverty continues what the Khmer Rouge started, with children placed in orphanages and families split across Thailand and Cambodia.
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Moving to #Battambang? My latest for +Move to Cambodia explains how to find a place to live. #Cambodia  
Allison Jane Smith explains how to find a place to live in Battambang, and what your money will get you.
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They don't do road rage and other great things about Cambodians.

My piece for +Matador Network. 
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  • OIC: The Cambodia Project
    Communications Director, 2014 - present
  • whydev.org
    Editor-in-Chief, 2012 - 2014
  • United Way Centraide Canada
    2010 - 2012
  • Cambodian Children's Trust
    Communications Coordinator, 2014 - 2014
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Allison Jane Smith is a freelance writer and communications professional. She is a contributor to Beacon. Her work has been featured for ONE, Matador, Killing the Buddha and The Ampersand Review. She currently lives in Cambodia, where she drinks a lot of coconut water and even more iced coffee.
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Battambang, Cambodia
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