I finally got to ride an elephant! It was awesome. Normally they make you ride on a bench that they tie around the elephant's back but this time they let me slide down onto his neck and ride there. I could actually feel his shoulders moving under my butt. His name was Bang Bang. We went on a trek through the jungle and we passed a beautiful waterfall. He had to stop a couple of times to go to the bathroom and it looked like whole coconuts were coming out. We had a guy leading the elephant as well and he kept making him talk or spray water everywhere. It was really amazing. His giant ears were flapping against my legs and I was pushing down so hard on the top of his head that I got a bruise on my hand. There wasn't anything for me to hold onto and there were a couple of times I really thought I was going to fall off. I'm so glad I can check that off my bucket list!
When we were in Bangkok we went to see the Grand Palace. Apparently my bare shoulders and the boys' knees were too offensive so we had to rent some clothes in order to get past the guard. Once we finally got in though, it was definitely worth it. It was hard to decide which way to look because there were so many temples and shrines everywhere. We walked through the whole thing and didn't realize that we hadn't even seen the palace yet. We turned a corner and there was a huge building with some serious looking guards outside. We didn't try to make them laugh although I feel pretty confident that I could've.
Sassy ginger from NH off traveling the world.