These are links to my blog pieces about my trip to Thailand volunteering to help elephants. I have tried to convey the richness of the travel experience, the deep transformation that the trip instilled in me, as well as the many humorous moments that I experienced (suffered through 🙂 ) along the way. I hope you will find these pieces entertaining and inspiring. Here they are in chronological order:
CONVERSATION BETWEEN MR. ANIMAL GUY AND MR. FEAR GUY… : Dealing with the fear of a new experience.
LAND OF A THOUSAND SMILES: Introduction to Thailand and the adventure.
BLOW-DRIED CHICKEN: More of my first week.
GET TO THE ELEPHANTS ALREADY: My new elephant friends.
BUGS!: The bugs! of Thailand.
LULU: A portrait of a baby elephant.
THE MAHOUTS, PART ONE: Story of the elephant trainers.
THE MAHOUTS, PART TWO: More of the mahouts.
ATTACK OF THE GIANT ZOMBIE LEECHES: Speaks for itself.
TATTOO ME: Tattoos, peer pressure, people, and alcoholism.
INTERVIEW WITH AN ELEPHANT: I interview the matriarch of the elephant herd.
A CAT IN ELEPHANT TOWN: An impressionistic piece about the experience in the village in Thailand.
THE ELEPHANT POLICE ARE HERE: Cornered by two elephants.
THE ISLAND OF MISFIT ELEPHANTS: My journey of volunteering, from cats to elephants.
THE OMEGA MAN: Part one of my experiences with the other volunteers.
THE ELEPHANT INSIDE ME: A photo of an elephant in a womb sparks deep feelings and thoughts. (not a post of the trip itself)
EAT THE LEECH TO GAIN ITS COURAGE: Part two of my experiences with other volunteers.
LIKE TEARS IN RAIN: A ‘greatest hits’ of some of the amazing moments that didn’t get their own blog posts.
SEPARATION ANXIETY: About being separated from loved ones on a long trip.
NIGHT HIKE PART ONE: A brutal night hike filled with humor and drama.
NIGHT HIKE PART TWO: More brutality, humor, and drama.
GOODBYE THAILAND: My farewell post.