When Mom and I were in South Africa two years ago, we visited an elephant sanctuary. We fed them, we nuzzled them, we walked them. But I just couldn’t justify paying the $100ish the facility wanted for a quick 10-minute ride. Yet, when we got to Angkor and found out we could take a trip out to one of the temples on top of one—for the bargain price of $15—I was sold, as was the rest of my Semester at Sea group.
While I won’t begrudge the elephant—they are magnificent, beautiful, soulful creatures—the experience was a bit underwhelming. The ride was…bumpy. (Duh.) In fact, I even started to get a little motion sick on the trip back! Four months on the ocean and my stomach remained perfectly calm—thanks to the glory of medicated miracle patches called scopolamine—yet five minutes on an elephant, and I was ready to yak.