Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Elephant camp


The Travelled Monkey - Elephant camp
By John Weaver
This is out of my scrapbook from the 2010 trip my wife and I took to Thailand and Cambodia. 

We spend 3 days at an elephant camp in the north of Thailand near Chiang Mai, where we helped take care of the elephants. We went with the mahouts in the morning to get the elephants from the forest, brushed off their dusty backs, climbed clumsily onto their necks and rode them off to their bathing hole. 

We were with our elephants the whole day. We bathed them, fed them, paraded them and played with them. They were extremely gentle - not once were we scared of being trampled by their enormous size. 

Their giant feet stepped softly through the forest, one foot very carefully in front of the other, hardly making any sound. In fact, that's why in Thailand it's a complement to tell a woman, "You walk like an elephant." 

Not a recommended pick up line anywhere else though!

Here are some more pick up lines that may (or may not!) help you on your travels:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The story of the Moon Extinguishers

Quirky Belgium

The Travelled Monkey - Supermoon
The perigee moon, or "supermoon," can seem as much as 12 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the average full moon.  Photo by John Weaver

Did the Man In The Moon seem like he was a little bit closer this week?

If so, that’s because this week’s full moon was the last of three “supermoons” to light up this summer’s sky. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The invisible hand


Yarnbombing along the Melaan in Mechelen
Photos by John Weaver
When we moved to Mechelen two years ago, one of the first things I noticed was a thriving street art scene. Not the stuff we were used to in Brussels – graffiti, posters, stickers, stencils – there’s hardly any of that in Mechelen. What I found instead was lots of yarn. It was everywhere, yards and yards of it in colorful patterns and cheeky scenes stitched around trees, lampposts, bike racks, bridges, railings…