little girls carrying plates of flowers and candles walked around the temple accompanied by their mothers.
WOW! That's the only word I can use to describe the awsome experience we had last night. The owner of our guest house told us of this temple celebration and arranged for an auto-rickshaw to take us there. At the temple we saw this huge ornate structure (see picture) resting on poles on the ground. As the celebrations got going, a lot of men lined up along the poles then hoisted the whole structure onto their shoulders and walked around the temple three times carrying this huge structure, losing the balance of it and almost toppling it. There was also a smaller structure very similar to the first, this one carried by teens and young men. This procession was followed closely by a parade of all sorts of bizzare characters and drummers. The very last and most exciting part for me was the parade of elephants, all decorated in their finery and boasting the largest elephant in south India. What a wonderful experience that was, and how fortunate we are to have had someone tell us about it.
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