I wouldn’t trust Google Maps with my life but I just had to hope I got it right. I ask Lia, the Brazilian Babylonian, to wait for me in the tuk-tuk. I explore the street on my own, following the blue arrow. I think it’s nearby.
A kid follows me asking for chocolate. I don’t have any but he thinks I’m bluffing. I return to the tuk-tuk. The kid gives up. “This way”
I head towards the gate. Lia and the tuk-tuk driver are right behind me. I knock. A limping old man opens. No, that’s not it. I turn around. There’s another gate just like it. I knock. Someone opens and invites me to the garden.
“Excuse me, is this…”
I don’t even have the time to finish my sentence. I turn around and here they are.
I have never seen an elephant up close. Imagine my reaction when I saw almost a dozen of them staring right back at me.
“Lia, we’re here!”