Saturday, November 22, 2008
On our way home from Miss Reynold's school, we turned the corner in our Auto Rickshaw and there was an elephant walking down the street. It was amazing. We were right next to it!!! Even as I am typing this, I cannot believe that we were able to experience this. We were so close that we could touch its wrinkled skin and see all the little hairs that stick out from in between its wrinkles. I was in shock. We were so excited!!! Auto Rickshaws have no doors or windows, so it was like being out and in the open with the elephant. It was enormous and we experienced a totally different feeling than when you see an elephant at the zoo. It was so large and powerful that it could have killed us with a mere step of its gigantic foot, but it simply calmly walked like it was on an afternoon stroll. He was very peaceful.
After we came home, we heard all sorts of drums being banged and people singing. We went outside and from Miss Reynolds' balcony, we could see our elephant friend once again. He was leading a parade to promote a candidate in the India election. Talk about different campaigning styles than in the United States. :)