Until I visited India, the biggest animal that ever stood before me was a horse. I was traveling with CLIC Abroad to learn about rural India and wild elephants.
India gave me the opportunity to understand rural in a global context. I knew what rural meant in South Georgia, where I attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, but the rural world in southern India is significantly different.
Not only are the different crops, growing techniques and equipment used, but also India has massive “pests.” Wild elephants roam the coffee plantations looking for food, and they certainly find it.
So there I was, in the middle of southern India, ducking behind coffee trees. If I were smart I would have been afraid, but honestly, I wasn’t.
Beautiful birds and wildlife at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
A busy street in Bangalore
The mahouts with their elephants
Watching a King Cobra dance
Ancient temples loom overhead with intricate carvings and vibrant colors