My last blog was really short and to the point. I have now recovered from flying home and back so now I can share with you what I have been up to in greater detail. I promise to show you some great photos, and stories but you have to comment! Okay?
I flew home early October for 9 days too visit my family and help be a part of my son’s Bar-Mitzvah. Hope you all know what that is. Otherwise just ask or google it. Noah was amazing during the services, and everyone had a blast at night eating, drinking and dancing (exactly the order). I would have loved to have included a photo, but they are not with me in Laos on hard drive.
Keep in mind that during my time back home, my co-workers were helping me plan their first big event; The Global Day of Action for 500 children. Luckily, being in New York on Eastern Standard Time I was 11 hours behind, so I could communicate with them during the evening time. After my trip back home, my friend Loree Ann and I went to Bangkok for 5 days. Between the markets, shopping, hagglers, and annoying people trying to offer you something every few feet I was glad to leave. Don’t get me wrong, we had an amazing time and the places we saw were beautiful. We took a day trip 1.5 hours away from Bangkok, and one of the stops was a war museum. Loree Ann and I decided we wanted to walk around instead. How fortunate for us! We met a man who worked for a Safari park and he had with him a 6 month old leopard cub named Mocha. OMG! I can’t tell you what it’s like to get the opportunity to hold him and play with him. Plus, we were the ONLY ones there. Everyone else was in a boring museum.
You might be wondering if all my excursions involve animals… Not all, but many. Trust me, I do have plenty of pictures of the Golden Palace, temples, markets, villages, etc..
After the museum, next stop on the tour was the Tiger Temple. Tiger temple used to be a sanctuary where Monks raised abandoned cubs. Now its more of a tourist joint. There is an online debate on whether these tigers are drugged or not. They say that if you make a reservation for the early morning slot (6:30) you can walk the tigers, bathe, and help feed them. We came towards the end of the afternoon, and the tigers were all sleepy. I doubt they even knew I was there.
On Nov.1, my sister from Montreal came to visit me in Laos, so I took her to the Elephant Sanctuary (my 3rd time). Its great going now because I get extra attention, and they all know me. During lunchtime, our guide said she had a special surprise for my sister and I. No other tourist gets a chance to do this. They took us by longboat across the river to where they have a mother elephant and her 6 month old baby; Maxi. Everyone just gets to see them from the river, you can get off the boat and the Mahouts (trainers) are waiting for you. Maxi, was born on 5/12/13 weighing 100 kgs, now he weighs 150kgs. We had a great time feeding him bananas, and my sister got knocked down a small hill. Maxi does not know his strength and he is learning what is appropriate and not appropriate behaviour. I learned the hard way that you should not run. Maxi loves to chase after you when your running. Luckily, the trainer came just in time to save me from getting injured. The mother was always watching us to make sure Maxi was okay. The two mahouts are with them 24/7. Eating, sleeping, and caring for them. Maxi also receives daily vet visits too.
Thanks for looking at my photos and to all those celebrating Thanksgiving Day, have a Happy One! Eat some turkey for me.