‘So you’re stuck?’

‘Stuck is… well stuck isn’t quite the word…’

‘You can’t leave?’

‘I mean, I can. But it will cost $2,000 to deal with the hassle of it, I’ve been told. And sitting in hotels for two weeks in Phnom Penh? And what would I do once I got back there, anyway? I’ve been trying to find a new place to set up for a few years now. Went to Latvia to think about moving there, for example. Something different. Something new.’

‘Mmm. What do you do for work?’

‘I’m a writer.’

‘Ohhhhhh! A writer.’


I do a bit of writing….’


‘I write stuff!…’


‘I like writing. I can send you something.’

‘Good. No, don’t.’

‘Writing… Yeah! It’s my creative outlet.’




‘Do you like writing?’

‘It’s my life.’