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ANDREW PRATT
British

The Elephant Experience Project at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka
         

The last 3 months have been absolutely amazing. I have met so many great people, had so many great experiences and bring back so many great memories. Sri Lanka was an amazing place to spend 3 months.

It’s a beautiful tropical country and the people are amazingly warm and welcoming. The pace of life is refreshingly laid back and one that I could (and in fact did) get very used to. The elephants were fascinating creatures to be around. I am looking forward to seeing the herd again one day and seeing my favourite elephants grown up. They say an elephant never forgets - I like to believe that that’s the case.

It’s great being back home again but I can’t say that I don’t already miss Sri Lanka. But as Arnold Schwarzenegger once said: “I’ll be back!".

An Ode to Pinnawala by Andrew Pratt

If you like your Ali Betty,
And you don’t mind getting sweaty,
Then Pinnawala’s definitely for you,
There’s no better place to be,
And you’ll never feel more free,
Than when you’re covered head-to-toe in elephant poo. 

There’s Suranga who is sleazy,
And Tikiri who’s easy,
And Sumana-Banda with his many ladies,
There’s Pandu with one ear,
And Mega who they fear,
And lots of minging dogs with fleas and rabies.

Sunshine likes her soaps,
And shows you all the ropes,
And Chandiner will cook you lots of food,
Uncle’s a one-man army,
But all the girls like Ghani,
And all the staff are nice and never rude.

So if you have any spare cash,
Just gather up your stash,
And send it off to Travellers - don’t forget!
It’s the best two-grand you’ll spend,
You’ll not want it to end,
It’s an amazing time away you won’t regret.

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