10.01.2013 - 10.01.2013
DAY 7, THURSDAY
Another good day teaching – I know a number of the names and the children’s weaknesses. The small number of children in each class, and their usual cooperation makes teaching here a joy.
The plan for this evening was to bring Michael, (the restauranteur) to the dance show at the orphanage then to go for something to eat. We met and walked down to the orphanage. One of the older boys took him for a tour around the orphanage, and told him some of the history of this place. He finished in time for watching the smaller kids getting ready for the dancing. Soon the stage cleared, leaving only the musicians in the back. After a short introduction by Visna, a co-founder, several children came onto the stage to perform “the monkey dance”. I’ll include a short video of part of this dance. The peacock dance followed, then a traditional dance done in the countryside. Between the dances, there was a short video that told of the history and about future plans for the orphanage. The plans involve expanding their farm, which grows rice, and fish, in addition to chickens and cows. Michael was blown away by the whole thing. (Who wouldn’t be?).
We went on foot to walk around Siem Reap and to find somewhere to eat. After an hour of walking around, we were drawn to Pub Street: Similar to George street. As they say here: “Same, same. …but different.” The street is shorter than George street, music comes from nearly every establishment- funk, jazz, hip-hop. The street is closed to traffic, so people amble along in the evening’s cool 30 degree air. Beer now costs more: 75c for a draft beer. It is lively, and many languages are heard. There are wonderful smells of all kinds of meats roasting. We sat at “The Red Piano for a Belgian beer, watched people, then walked some more and finding pork balls: Fluffy pastries containing spiced pork and an egg. Next pancakes with fresh pineapple grilled in front of you, and last of all chicken feet- (not very interesting). We walked down back-roads and discovered some lovely places to stay: serene oasis with palm trees and little water falls into a pool, dimly lit with torches, a family sitting out in the dark eating dinner- we were asked to join them! Three hours of walking and we decided to head back. Great evening.