Read more about the article Why We Don’t Ride Elephants in Thailand
The birth records for most of the elephants at the park are spotty so the staff make educated guesses using the wrinkles around the eye. This one is in her 60s and is sight impaired. We were given instructions to only approach elephants from the front and at a slight oblique angle so they can see you. Elephants who are totally blind use their feet to feel vibrations from the earth as well as their trunk touching the ground in front as they walk. (like a white cane).

Why We Don’t Ride Elephants in Thailand

The Maharaja Riding his Elephant As children, most of us remember tales and photos of Maharajas riding to battle atop their elephants. No image was as powerful as a leader…

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Read more about the article The Secret Well of Ortigia
The Sicilian Flag - The 3 legs form a triangle or 'tinacria' from the Greek name for Sicily 'Trinakrius' because of its triangular geography. The face in the middle was originally Medusa but has been softened somewhat. It was created in 1282 but not officially approved until 2000. The colours are from the 2 founding cities, Palermo (now the capital) and Corleone. Sicily is a 20 minute flight from Malta so we decided to spend a few days there.

The Secret Well of Ortigia

The Secret Well For the ancient Greeks in Siracusa, under siege from the Romans, fleeing the city to take refuge on the nearby island of Ortigia was the only option.…

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Read more about the article More than a Chocolate Farm in Panama
We hired a boat for the day, Our boat captain was Bacho and his son Ethan as the pilot. Bacho is originally from Costa Rica but moved to Panama to marry a Panamanian. He has lived in Bocas since then. Unfortunately he has the early stages of Parkinson's.

More than a Chocolate Farm in Panama

Our boatmen took us on a short ride to Green Acres chocolate farm, near the town of Bocas del Toro, Panama

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