Zoo: Elephants, tigers, giraffes and the king

Trip Start Feb 20, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, June 9, 2006

We visited the zoo today and had a blast walking around the peaceful grounds. Seriously, you could hardly hear any cars and they had classical music playing. You'll see from the pictures that we saw quite a few animals: elephants, zebras, giraffes, monkeys, bears, red panda... As the sun went down, we were near the exit taking some pictures of the lake when we noticed all kinds of policeman. Some were really dressed up. We weren't quite sure what was going on. So we left the zoo and walked a bit to find a taxi. As we were walking, we noticed that the traffic had died down. We crossed the street and a man came up to us and said that the King was coming. The zoo is located right next to the King's palace and now it made sense why there were so many officers at the zoo. A few other people gathered next to us and the officers told us to put our hands to our sides. We couldn't believe it; the King was going go by any second. Now, there were absolutely no cars in all directions and all of the sudden, some police cars drove by followed by a cream Mercedes limousine. There was the King with some women passengers, perhaps his wife and children dressed in the most amazing dresses. After they went by, there were another 20 cars followed by more police cars. Most of the passengers were dressed in military outfits. We could feel the people next to us move their heads back and forth, not daring moving any other body part. We had two policemen in front of us watching our every move. When it was all over, people had huge smiles asking us if we saw their King. They explained how celebrations were starting tonight for the King's 60 anniversary to the Thrown. This afternoon, we saw a big line up of people waiting to purchase a yellow t-shirt. Everyone is wearing yellow and the 7-Eleven's are selling wrist bands saying "I love the King"! All of the decorations are up and yellow flowers are everywhere. It's quite something to see. You can even buy a yellow handbag encase you want to color coordinate!
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