India - Amy ManningAmy shares with us a selection of her journal entries from her Study Abroad in India this past summer:
May 7, 2007
May 16, 2007
So after about two weeks in
May 19, 2007
We spent today visiting several caves a few hours’ drive outside Pune. They were carved out of stone by Buddhist monks, mostly between 300 B.C. and 600 A.D. The hike was hot, although not that long, and the various chambers, prayer rooms, and meditation rooms were fun to explore. However, I think the visits would have been significantly more pleasant if the locals did not use the meditation rooms as restrooms and occasionally cut large amounts of hair and leave it as an offering. On the bright side, we got to see monkeys that lived near the caves, and take lots of pictures of people feeding them. I attempted to feed one of them, but I was apparently not his favorite person, as he didn’t take the food but instead gave my hand a rather beastly slap and growled at me.
May 28, 2007
So everybody back home keeps asking me if I’ve ridden an elephant yet, and I can finally say yes! When I went out with my friend today, we found an elephant walking down the side of the road, and stopped and I got a ride. It was a very interesting experience to be riding an elephant down the road with cars going by at its feet. To get on and off, the elephant has to lay down, which is accomplished by a man bouncing on its neck. Another man then loops its tail up and you have to basically scale its back, using its tail and some rope to pull yourself up or let yourself down. Last week, I got to ride a camel, which was very cool also, but a little uncomfortable. It was like riding a horse, only higher up and not quite so smooth. The elephant, on the other hand, was quite comfortable; I think I could get used to using it as a method of transportation.
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