Our host university is the Royal University of Fine Arts, an institution that is dedicated to the preservation of Khmer culture, an especially important task given Cambodia’s grim recent history. It is situated just south of the Riverside district near the National Museum and the Royal Palace. We have already made friends with the waitress at a nearby Lebanese restaurant. She teases us about how we take our coffee and challenges us to guess the total on every bill.

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Courtyard at RUFA
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Another beautiful courtyard

We had our first day of class and got the rundown on syllabi and practiced the techniques for our community workshop.

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Most of the crew in our soon-to-be Maker Space
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Ben giving us the lowdown on our community workshop
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Community workshop practice

Later, we checked out the student exhibition on campus. There was some really awesome work as well as impromptu jam sessions, dance parties, and a whole bunch of food booths.

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Their models and renderings made me feel like a huge weenie — they have such beautiful and detailed work, all by hand….

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Pastoral scenery?!
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