Like most of my experiences during my year abroad, my Golden Week trip to Thailand turned out to be much more than I had anticipated. Here I am with my elephant friend, Mae Come Hpo, on a banana snack break as we make our way through the forest in one of the Karen Villages in Chiang Mai. We trekked for an hour through the dense woods so Mae Come Hpo could go to the river for drinking and bathing. You can`t really tell here, but my legs and feet are covered in dirt because I had just finished riding her bareback through the forest.
This picture is actually from my second elephant encounter during my trip to Chiang Mai. I loved hanging out with the elephants and the Karen people so much that I went back and did a homestay for my last night in Thailand.
I need some time to reflect and write on all the daring, exhilarating, exhausting, yet beautiful and peaceful times I had on my trip. Stay tuned. :)