Food is something that brings the world together. Each culture has its own traditions and favorite foods. As a self proclaimed foodie, I was so excited to try cuisines in the countries they originated in. During my travels, I have discovered and will undoubtedly continue to discover culinary treasures around the globe. I am honored to share with you, My Elephant Tribe, the amazing meals I have enjoyed throughout the world.
Day 85: Thailand
We slept in this morning and headed in search of some green curry for lunch. I love green curry and this did not disappoint. It was probably the best I have ever had. I have a feeling I’m going to fall in love with Thai food all over again.
Despite my anti zoo stance, Brian really wanted to see pandas. After a lot of research we decided to check out the Pandas at the Chiang Mai zoo. Other anti-zoo people had said that if you are going to go to a zoo, go to the Chiang Mai zoo because its habitats were specific to each animal and the pandas were highly regulated by the Chinese government they were on loan from. I hate even the sound of animals being on loan from another country, but I went because Brian really wanted to see pandas.
I should have trusted my heart. We got to the panda habitat and my heart hurt. Tears streamed down my face as I watched the panda grasp at the bamboo painted on the wall. I had to get out of there. As we were leaving, we heard what sounded like a dying cat. We walked past to see a distressed tiger pacing back and forth in it 20x20 enclosure. As we past each exhibit it got worse, but my heart completely broke when I saw a man use a hooked cane to get on an elephants trunk and ride off.
Zoos are the most egregious form of animal cruelty because majority of people buy into it and support it. The animals you find in the zoo are meant to be in the wild. That is why they are called wild animals. They are not meant to be in a tiny confined cages. How would you feel if the roles were reverse? We don't belong in cages, so why is it that they do?
My day was pretty much ruined by our zoo trip. So we grabbed some dinner and called it a day.