So, we decided to spend our first free day doing a little bit of sightseeing. Our first item on the agenda was a tour of a local spice plantation. Even though it was a bazillion degrees outside, we still managed to have a good time and we left with some fun goodies. I won't bore you to death with all of the "spicy" details (haha!) but I do want to share a few pictures.
Then we had a tour guide who led us through the plantation and showed us each different spice that was grown there. My favorite part of the tour was the surrounding scenery. It was just beautiful!
After the tour we were offered a buffet of local cuisine and we were able to peruse their shop for own spices to take home. I bought black pepper, cinnamon sticks, and fresh vanilla pods.
After the spice tour we moved on to the part of our day that we had all been waiting for:
I have always wondered what an elephant's trunk feels like and now I can finally say that I know!
And Emerson can too!
After spending some time with the sweet babies, we were given the opportunity to take a little ride.
Daddy and Emerson went first:
Riding the elephants was pretty neat but I have to say that just being able to get up close to them and touch them was the best part. They truly are amazing animals and I'm so thankful for such an amazing experience.
But you know what was even better than experiencing it myself? Watching it all through the eyes of my child. She was beside herself with excitement and continued to make the elephant noise all the way back to our hotel. And that, my friends, is priceless.