emily, sara, and i were walking around karnigie park.. (around which is a place called Osho.. so the majority of indians believe that's why americans come there.. to experience all that mess.. and if you don't know what Osho is, look it up.. or well, maybe you shouldn't.. it's basically a huge place where people go for sexual experiments in the form of "meditation".. yeah.. and that's their view of us.. just a bunch of selfish white punks that can't live without orgies..)
well, we stopped to check out this little shoe cart and we look up and see tons and tons of the Osho robes.. (everyone has to wear a maroon robe to enter Osho) and when we see everyone staring us down while we're gawking at the robes, we decided it best to just leave..
well, me and sara look up and emily is screaming, wailing her arms and just runs across the street.. (these streets are CRAZY BUSY, by the way.. traffic ALL the time..)) and we had no idea what she was doing.. and then i realized. and too started throwing my arms everywhere and dashed across the road..
we found an elephant.
we had been praying for this opportunity for only our WHOLE LIVES!!! and me and em are freaking out, naturally.. and sara comes up and was like 'yall calm down, or he'll rip you off'.. so, we tried to keep it together.. but it was unsuccessful.. sara just had to talk him down from the ridiculous charge to ride the elephant.. ((we rode that elephant for less than 4 american dollars.. and Lord knows i'da paid a million..))
well. this is how you get on the thing. he kneels on his back legs.. and you have to step on his ginormous foot and climb up his tail.. got this visual?? and then you just hugged his butt/back until you could grab the crate in the middle of his back.. (and i was surprisingly good at getting on this beast..)
ok. we are all on the elephant. me, em, sara, and the 'driver', i guess.. and naturally i assumed this crate we were on would be sturdy and tightly fastened to this massive animal.. False. when this big ole dude took a step, we went slidin.. and had to shift our weight every single time he moved. or we would tumble off 5,000 feet down.. and when i look around, we had drawn a crowd!! hahaha.. i promise like 50 people were standing around laughing hysterically.. and i tell you why.. if these guys had never heard of Jesus before in their lives, they definitely knew about him before we got off.. i was praying like nobody's business.. "OOOOH JESUS!!! HELP ME LORD! not fall of this crazy animal!! oh sweet Jesus.. i love you, and i know you love me back, so help us ride this elephant and i'm sorry i had to get higher when you did in fact say lo i am with you always.." and God only knows what else i screamed at him.. i had the time of my life on that elephant.. so much fun..
and if we touched no one else in india, we definitely blessed the 150 people that stopped to watch us (and video, YES THEY VIDEOD US!!).. they laughed until they cried.. crazy white people..
and i must confess, i did a horrible thing after the ride. i was SOOO excited and so thankful for this experience, i hugged the old driver man.. i just couldn't help it.. i was so happy..
k. glad that's off my chest.. ;)
AND! we met some amazing and beautiful girls today.. i just went up, sat at their table and took off just a talking.. you would have thought we were all best friends i swear..
and conversation was amazing.. and i'd love to re-cap it all, but i'll just share one of my fav. highlights..
me: (-insert my testimony here-) Jesus loves me like crazy.. my heart is new and now i love him like crazy.. he really changed me..
super cool new indian friend: awwwwww!! that's so sweet!!
hahaaha.. yeah.. it is sweet, ain't it??