"When we got out for a minute to stretch our legs I suddenly froze. I saw a huge female elephant eating grass. I stared straight into her eyes, and suddenly I didn't care about a thing in the world. "
The next day after breakfast, we went out to look at some Thai temples. There were more elephant monuments than I’ve ever seen in my life. In Thai culture elephants are very important. It is believed that the Buddha's mom dreamt of a white elephant when she was pregnant with the Buddha, which was a good omen. Also, apparently elephants helped to build the cities of Thailand. They are creatures of good luck and prosperity. There was one monument that was dedicated to elephants. All around the perimeter were statues of elephants. I spent about 45 minutes sitting sketching it.