June 15, 2015
In Bangkok there is an alley that leads to a doorway with elephant-print dresses hung at the sides. Step through the threshold and the smell of something spicy cooking assaults you, but only if you step through. Step back out and the smell disappears. Step right back in and it comes back. Step further in and you will feel wet, furry things on your forehead. Elephants. Baby elephant snouts. Then they will speak to you, yes, speak. "Welcome," is what they say. Sometimes they are kind to warn you "Step further in and you'd never be able to leave."