Mondulkiri, the Kingdom of Elephants. Where hills roll into more hills, and fresh mountain air keeps the temperature just perfect. The nature seemed to also thrive more in this climate as all living creatures were… bigger! Whether it was bugs, plants, or dogs.
Naga, an enormous German Shepherd, became my best friend here. He followed me everywhere, and he even started crying when I went into the bathroom without him. Naga joined us in our bungalow and fell asleep on our floor. So I then decided to go and relax in the hammock, outside. Naga felt like I was too far away, so he then started wagging his bushy tail in my face, “attention, bitch!”. The three of us walked back together to the lovely reception where Naga’s owner worked. The owner just laughed and said, “he has completely fallen in love with you”. I felt the same way for Naga, and I think Toby actually got a bit jealous.
Despite the fact our accommodation was heaven on earth, we did have to explore further afield. However, in order to explore we needed some sort of transportation to the areas worth exploring. The Risk Manager and the Student in me was fighting like two lions; safer but expensive taxi, or the more adventures but cheaper motorbike taxi. Student Renate won. In addition to sitting on a rather deadly toy, they made it even more ‘exciting’ by not providing us helmets. Toby and I each had our own motorbike driver, and luckily they were both of the more careful sort. I could still feel the cramp biting my overflexed leg muscles after desperately trying to control the aggressive speed. Getting off the bike was such a relief, and by the look of it, Toby’s legs had also had the same workout session. We walked down to our destination like tired cowboys, and what we were about to see would so be worth the stiffness in our legs the days after. A beautiful waterfall paraded down a cliff. The voice of its million water drops hitting rocks filled our ears. I couldn’t help feeling seduced by the refreshing mist kissing my face. Standing under the waterfall toned out everything, and it felt like I was completely alone in my own wet bobble.
The Renate walking back to her motor-horse was a much more confident cowgirl. She was ready to chase the sunset and let the wind play with her wet hair. All fear was swapped out with complete freedom. My hair was flying like red wings behind me, and my eyes were closed in pure enjoyment. It was a perfect evening… Until we passed a nasty motorcycle accident. Risk Manager Renate was back and her red wings got tied quickly back. However, after reassuring myself that the victim was relatively okay we drove off and ended the day with watching the sun disappear into the ocean of forest.
Quote Of The Day:
“Happiness is the feeling you’re feeling when you want to keep feeling it.”