Boat Trip to Battambang

We moved from Siem Reap to Battambang. The boat ride gave us an opportunity to see floating fishing villages and forced us to be in close quaters for more than 6 hours. I’m happy to report that everybody survived, although we got pretty bored/tired by the end of the trip. I I’ll post more pics…

Phnom Kulen and Preah Vihear Temple

We visited Mount Kulen and saw waterfalls, an imposing reclining Buddha, and the River of a Thousand Lingas (9th century sandstone phallic carvings on a riverbed).Next day we were off to the Thailand-Cambodia border to see the 11th century temple dedicated to Shiva that is situated on the top of a mountain (the featured images…

Professor Dareth’s lecture on the Ramayana

Professor Dareth, whom we met at Apsara Authority (led by Director General, Dr. Sum Map), and his students kindly accompanied us on our visit to Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm. He explained many bar-reliefs to us and pointed out depictions of the Ramayana in several temples. It was very informative and very useful…

Ramayana Everywhere

Ramayana is everywhere in Cambodia: from hotel murals to temple walls, from shadow puppet shows to contemporary art , from souvenirs for tourists to magnificent art at the Royal Palace and National Museum . The image above is just one small part of the Ramayana mural at the Royal Palace (if there is no image, it…

First week’s highlights

This blog is about Fulbright projects, but our adventures in Cambodia shape and inform them, so it seems logical to include these experiences as well as project reflections. My apologies for this somewhat rushed post – this past week in Phnom Penh has been so packed that I barely had time to shower (and showers…

Quick shout out for my fellow Fulrighters

Since our group is so diverse (Lowell public school teachers and Middlesex Community College professors who teach science, music, language arts, humanities, literature, composition, ESL, ceramics, and graphic design – I hope I didn’t forget anything), and we share many experiences, I though it would be interesting for you to see their perspectives on some…

My project (or at least what I initially thought about it)

  Here’s my project“pitch” the way it was submitted in October of 2015.: A key goal of the project is to draw upon Cambodia’s rich artistic heritage as a primary means to understand Cambodian culture and traditions which, when infused into curriculum, will support efforts to foster resiliency and a strong self-concept among Cambodian youth/young…