On Friday evening we attended a 3 hour demonstration Kathakali (google it) performance, which included watching the make-up and costuming. We found it to be very interesting and informative, but this was a performance geared specifically to tourists. We spoke to the owner of our guest house who told us of a real, all night Kathakali performance at a nearby temple. This performance is to celebrate an anniversary of something I haven't quite figured out yet. We went (we were the only tourists there) but only stayed for any few hours. The whole performance has many bizzare characters and involves a lot of drumming and chanting. This celebration will last for the day today finishing up tonight with an elephant parade and a temple blessing. I will post pictures of that later.
Life has handed me many adventures but none quite as fulfilling as the one I am about to embark on.I have found my niche and am going back for the third time to volunteer at ABC's and Rice in Siem Reap Cambodia.
ABC's and Rice is an NGO school that provides education in both English and Khmer to the poorest of the poor from the villages on the outskirts of Siem Reap. In Cambodia, children often have to go out to work or to beg in order to help support the family, so ABC's provides a kind of reverse tuition of 2 meals a day at the school and rice to take home every month so these kids can g... full info