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Last week on wednesday, my boyfriend and I visited a zoo. I made a lot of pictures, but didn’t want to cram them all in my sunday post, so I thought why not make a post about it. It might not be a discussion like most of my other Lola’s Ramblings posts, but it did give me an opportunity to share my pictures with you and tell you about our trip. And considering we don’t go on trips like these often it felt special to me. I hope it’s still a fun post!
Our visit to “Blijdorp”
The name of this zoo is “Blijdorp” (which litterally translated would mean something like happy village), it’s located in Rotterdam. As we wanted enough time to spent in the zoo, we had to stand up a bit earlier than normal. A little before 11 o’clock we left our appartment, after a short walk we took the bus and then the metro to Rotterdam central, from where we walked to Blijdorp. On Rotterdam central we bought some bread for lunch as it’s even more expensive to buy food in the zoo. We also got some sunscreen as we didn’t have any left at home and it was going to be sunny. Even though we had sunscreen I still got a slight sunburn on my cheeks.
When we arrived we watched a few animals and then found a nice spot to sit and eat something, while watching the wolves cage. We didn’t see any wolves, but it was quite funny to see new people walk up to the cage, watch through the glass and then quickly decide there where no wolves in sight and walk on. The zoo has two entrances, but the other entrance is getting more popular, so it wasn’t as busy in the area where we entered the zoo. After we had something to eat, we went to find a toilet and on our way there found a shop that sold something called Chocolate Kebab, it looked delicious, so we gave it a try. It was a sort of pancake with whipped cream, a sauce and topping of your choosing and lots of chocolate. The Chocolate was rasped from a block of chocolate shaped like kebab, so that’s where the name came from. The chocolate kebab was delicious, we shared one of those and were quite full after that, there’s a picture of the choco kebab in the picture list below.
After that we picked our route through the zoo and slowly made our way to the back of the zoo where the Oceanium was with the water animals. On our way there we bought another snack, a potato chip like snack with salt, cheese, BBQ or sour and salt toping on it. Next to the oceanium is a restaurant where we wnated to get a drink, but it was closed. The shop next to it was open and we bought a purple pluche snake. Then we went to the oceanium and saw the penguins and other water animals there. After seeing the animals there we made our way back again and took a few more breaks as we had gotten tired by then. The new cage for the lion’s wasn’t opened sadly, but we did checked out the new restaurant and both got a cup of earl grey there. After that we visited the last few animals we hadn’t seen yet and after seeing most of the zoo, we made our way back home again.
We had a fun day, the weather was perfect, suny, but not too warm. We got to see a few young animals, like the young polar bears, and some of the animals had a new cage that wasn’t there last time. Some animals you can get really close by, I got a close up picture from a prairie dog, where the visitors can walk in between them, they are close enough to touch, which is fun. There are also a few cages with birds that you can enter and walk through. And there was a crocodille lying next to the glas. It’s nice to see the animals up close like that. We also got lucky with the tiger, the tiger walked right by the glass just as we stood there. It was amazing to see a tiger from so close by, I didn’t got to take a picture though. Some other animals like the polar bears and elephants we only got to see from afar. And some animals we didn’t see, like the wolves. At some cages like the meerkats and the red birds we stayed a while watching them. What I like about this zoo is that most animal have nice spacious cages that are made too look like their natural habitat. The penguins are always one of my favourite animals, but they moved them a while back to the oceanium, so now they are behind the glass and harder to watch, although we did saw a few swim by close by the glass.