When everywhere is home

A year ago, I met a boy in Cambodia who could belt out “Since You’ve Been Gone” just as powerfully as Kelly Clarkson herself. He did it with a smile and a satisfaction that told you he knew how good he was.

He was an employee at a convenience store on the notorious party island, Koh Rong. Pardon me, he was the employee at the convenience store. He had come from the north of Cambodia where there were few job prospects and had found himself gainful employment on the island.

The owners of the little beachfront store left him to sing songs from the West while working all day every day, selling beer and mosquito repellent to Westerners who came and went as quickly as the tide changed.

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