Bagels in Cambodia
When I moved to Cambodia I knew there were things that I would miss about living in my home country of America. I assumed I would miss some of the modern conveniences like grocery stores and ­­­­­­­limitless channels on cable TV. I knew I would miss my friends and my family...
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