In March 2010 I paid a day-long visit to this renowned elephant farm in northern Thailand. In addition to riding the elephants bareback (which scared the crap out of me), we also learned how to care for, clean and feed the animals.
Patara runs an elephant rescue and breeding programme, with the intention of increasing the welfare and numbers of Thailand’s elephants. You can read more about their projects on their website.
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The day after encountering the Conquistador-like Peruvian Morris Dancers (or so they seemed to me!), while at breakfast ANOTHER parade of dancers came ambling by the patio we were eating at.
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A travel friend and I randomly came across this parade as we hunted the side streets of Cusco for an elusive “all-in-one souvenir shop”. The store ended up being not what was hoped for, but the parade and the dancers more than made up for it!
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I lucked out with the panoramic window on a Cruz del Sur bus from Lima to Trujillo. This meant that I had the front row of the second floor of the bus to enjoy the spectacular scenery along the Pan American Highway that I had no idea awaited me.
The music was recorded on Christmas Eve in a small town called Chivay.
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