one word - awesome!
We got to wash & feed the elephants. The washing involved a hard scrub with coconut husks, lots of water, mud and hilarity.
Each elephant has its own mahout who were constantly on hand to make sure no one walked where they shouldn’t or otherwise put themselves in a position of getting accidentally injured. Even a swinging tail can pack a punch.
We chopped up food at an open air pavilion that had big steel bars... it turned out the bars were to stop elephants, over excited at getting pineapple for afternoon tea, from tramping us in the rush.
I loved those elephants, ours was called Numpta, and she was an absolute sweetie.
Her mahout had taught her to say thank you on command which sounded a bit like a dog barking, quite bizarre.
All are joined at the back by a jetty. It was rather surreal to be swimming in a dam over 70 metres deep, in water as warm as a bath. It took 5 years to fill it apparently.
Carol & I succumbed to the lure of a fish spa & stuck our feet into big fish tanks positioned on the pavement to capture tourist traffic. It was not a big success.
It tickled and I am ticklish. Shrieks of laughter do not work well with tiny little fish that are easily spooked. End of story.
And then it was on to Singapore for some retail therapy. The only trouble was I had no interest in shopping (strange but true), no energy (explained further on) and my inability to walk any distance was a problem. Thank goodness taxis are dirt cheap in Singapore. On arrival were told that we'd had our rooms upgraded. Ok, thank you, that's nice. But on entry to the room I'm thinking cripes the other room must have been a dive. So at a suitable opportunity the question about the upgrade was ventured... turns out the rooms were the same size… the upgrade was having the view. Oh. Okay.
Yes it IS a great view you can't argue with that.
You have probably heard about the super trees. They are spectacular. Each is coated with live plants sort of like a hanging garden. They generate solar energy and collect rain water to help with the maintenance of the gardens. Every evening there is a laser light show.
You are not allowed to sit on the observation deck and once you have been to the restaurant/bar you cannot go back to the observation deck. I'm guessing they wouldn't want anyone doing anything stupid after consuming alcohol. Even dropping something small would probably kill someone from that height. From a distance you don't realise the building curves. The 2 shots on the right are looking up inside the towers.
Kim shared his T shirt with a mozzie; the bites became infected and he started running a fever that needed antibiotics. OMG the medical kit that had never once been opened through 2 trips to India had an extensive workout this time - but despite all that we had a GREAT holiday!