Lions and Rhinos and Hippos - Oh My!

Trip Start Nov 28, 2007
Trip End Jan 20, 2008

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Hello hello!

I'm finally in my last day in Auckland, and hopefully I won't be back for a good while.  It's amazing how much better an area can seem when you  know you're leaving in a day!

It's been ok since I've been back.  Of course, the weather shaped up as soon as I left the island and it was sunny, warm and gorgeous all day today (sorry guys).  I wore jeans this morning and nearly died (it had been cooler yesterday).  This morning I had my Auckland Zoo African encounter which was even cooler than I'd expected.  Even though I didn't get to actually touch or play with a big kitty (boo!) I got close enough for my liking.  And the tour itself was so much more involved than the description lead it to be.  We received explanations of every animal in the Pridelands Exhibit and they even took photos of us which the burned on to a CD for us to take how.  Awesome!  Don't worry, I won't bore you with the hundred pics of animals there are, just the best and those of yours truly.  

I wandered around the zoo for a little while after that - I got to see some kangaroos!  They weren't moving or anything, though, which is probably a good thing since they weren't really enclosed...Anyway, I left pretty soon after I started wandering because it's just not as fun to 'ooh' and 'ahh' at the animals when you're there alone.  But I was certainly reminded of how thankful I am that I don't have any kids - what a freaking pain they are!  Sorry Mom & must've been hell when we were little.  I just did my best to ignore them, except when a little boy crawled under a fence blocking an area they're re-developing.  That I sat and watched (they sent in their other son after him to get him...hilarious!).  Headed back into the city and to the Aotea Market that I loved last week.

All in all it's been a pretty good couple of days in the city - probably nicer because I know I'm leaving!  Hope you enjoy the pics.  I'll try to post again as soon as possible, but it may not be for a couple of days since I'm not sure about what kind of acess I'll have on this tour.  I can't wait, though - the beaches are calling me!

Lots of love!
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ryan_brown18 on

Love Zoo Too!
I have been waiting since you told me you were going to the zoo for these pictures! I'm really jealous that you got to see these animals so up close, it's amazing. How many times will you get to do that again? I would have to say that the Giraffes are my favourites, they really look like they have personality, too bad you couldn't give them a scratch on the head. I hope that the animals brightened your last day in the bustling city of Auckland. I know you're excited for your trip coming up, and hope you get to have more memorable experiences along the way. Love you and miss you LOTS.

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