Friday, October 31, 2008
Chang, Chang, Chang (That's Thai for "Elephant")
Our last week here has been very busy - we went to see the elephants, we went to a Thai temple, we celebrated Halloween (Thai style, with watermelon jack-o-lanterns instead of pumpkins) and we're getting ready to leave.
Amelia LOVED seeing the elephants. They live in a forest camp called the Mae Sa Elephant Camp. It's a beautiful setting with flowing streams and lots of forest acres for the elephants to roam. The elephants also put on a show where they paint, play soccer, and stack logs. Amelia squealed, waved and clapped during the show. She wasn't intimidated at all! She loves to clap now, mainly for herself, but she also shared the love with the elephants. After the show, we fed her new elephant friends. A two-year-old baby elephant (I guess more of a toddler) loved the bannanas and sugar cane we gave him. He chomped so loudly! You can also take a ride on an elephant, which we decided not to do because it's sort of precarious to balance on the seats on the elephants' backs.
The temple we went to is also in a forest setting. My parents live on the outskirts of Chiang Mai and there are hills, rice fields and lots of open land right in their neighborhood. About 20 minutes away is the city of Chiang Mai, which has tons of good restaurants and delicious Thai and Western food. We've had so much fun, collected tons of memories and have the pictures to remind us of this special time with family friends. We head home soon. The next time we're here, Amelia will be walking and talking - maybe even speaking some Thai words I will teach her!