I had originally planned on just staying inside the hotel. This plan was even more rectified when I saw that our hotel in Colombo is brand new and oh so nice looking. Plus I was tired and really wanted to rest. But the pull of a friend's invite is a powerful one and I was dragged on to a trip that would be as memorable as it was painful.
Getting inside my room, I was ecstatic! everything was brand new it's like I had my own new room!
After containing my excitement I just hurried and changed clothes to go out. Being as I really wasn't planning to go out, I didn't bring any "going-out" or "adventure" clothes. So I wore what I had and said whatever.
|Angel and Angel. Yup!|
|Toyota Prius. The hotel limousine we rented.|
It was a very long road trip but we got to sleep very well along the way and the car was very nice so once again I enjoyed every moment of it.
|Elephant poop! Haha|
|Our elephant whose name I completely forgot. Sorry!|
I must admit that I am a bit of an animal lover and I felt a little bit of pain in my heart to see that the elephants were in chains. Well I guess anyone and anything that is bound in chains would look pitiful but still.
|Our Mahout holding our elephant in chains.|
|The Sri Lankan Asian Elephant.|
But being the adventurous debonaires that we were. we just enjoyed our ride and smiled for the camera (while screaming in pain inside haha)
|Angel in the Front, Angel in the Middle, and me, the thin Asian guy on the back.|
|Smile for the Camera!|
|The Mahout is dragging us along.|
|Looking down at something.|
|Emulating the Japanese from my recent trip to Tokyo, I smile for the camera with the peace sign.|
|The thin Asian guy.|
|Angel bathing the elephant with the Mahout helping.|
|Angel bathing the elephant alone.|
|This is me, NOT bathing the elephant because I was wearing shoes at the time! haha!|
After the brief bathing of the elephant. Our butts were still painful from the ride and we were feeling more tired now from the flight to colombo and the trip to the elephant orphanage. So we went to the last place in the orphanage, the uber small museum.
|Whole elephant skeleton. I wish it was a dinosaur!|
|Elephant vertebral skeleton. The one that pains your butt when you ride an elephant.|
After the elephant place we were taken to this herbal garden where we were lectured (sales talked! haha) about the different health benefits of different herbs.
|Introducing the inedible Red Wild Pineapple.|
|A cacao pod from a cacao plant with cacao buds on top. This is where you get Chocolat.|
|"My master is sales talking some foreigners again" says the dog while wagging his tail. Haha!|
I can not post the pictures of the massage because my blog is supposed to be rated: GP - General Patronage rated for all audiences hahaha.
After the massage we were unsurprisingly directed to the souvenir shop where they sell various oils and soaps. Naturally, I didn't buy anything.
After the shop we took the two hour long no-traffic ride back to the hotel, sleeping along the way.
The trip was short, but nice, It was a great experience, one which I would not soon repeat unless the elephant we will ride has significantly more padding or maybe a full on harness or chair or both on it's back! Haha
Until my next trip, Gihin Ennan!