Bye elephants

Trip Start Aug 19, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Sri Lanka  , Sabaragamuwa,
Friday, December 20, 2013

and hello beach! after three weeks at MEF working with elephants it was time to leave. i will miss rani, the other elphants, my favourite ice cream bought in the local shop across the street, the smiling gard at the dung paper factory, all the funny guides, the other volunteers, the kids i've been teaching, milkshake, the rest of the dogs and much more. also had a couple of truly magical moments while walking by the elephant beds in the evenining, with sound from the djungle surrounding you and fireflies flying around everywhere in the dark! especially amazing to see them around the elephants.

got the ride with rani on my last day which ended with a shower in the river. recommend you to have a look at the pics! her mahout chandana (elephant keeper) was surprisingly nice too me during the ride, talking and joking the whole time. normaly i can't get many words out him and therefore thought he did not like me, despite all my effort trying my best being nice and doing a good job. but apparently he thought i've done a great job and wants me to stay for another year. strange people, these mahouts! got an amazing picture when i'm holding chandana's spear while he's standing on rani's leg that's up in the air. did not understand what was going on while on the elephant, so was a good surprise looking through the pictures after my ride.
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