27.03.2009 31 °C
Today was Zoo day! Up and at it early and naturally, the transfer bus was late. Didn’t matter, I was like a little kid and woke up early so that I wouldn’t miss the bus…lol Long bus ride out to the Zoo about 60 minutes. During the ride we had a very entertaining and informative bus driver. (Aren’t they all?) Actually, that was good because it could have been pretty boring without his ongoing dialogue about hints of what to do etc. and in what order.
The Zoo is on 23 acres and will be expanded to 100 in the future. They are currently working on the Asian section of it and have Tigers and Elephants presently.
We went to the croc show and watched the trainer feed the croc. Pretty wild stuff. There was also a bird show with parrots and cockatiels flying throughout the stadium. Unbelievable, those birds how low they would dive through the audience. The open air stadium holds 5000 people although weekdays and winter make it much slower than when the kids are out of school or when they have special things going on at the zoo.
We decided to take the bus driver’s advise and take a guided tour so that we wouldn’t miss a thing and would also have more information available to us than one can read on the signposts. It was well worth the money and besides the small fee charged goes today animal conservation projects etc.
Out of internet time so attempted to review and edit some of my pictures. On reviewing our pasts 3.5 weeks, this has been a wonderful vacation. It will be interesting to review my travellers blog when I return home cause it is amazing how many things we have done and how fast one forgets.
Today, we’re on a flight to Auckland and on to Tonga for our final 3 days. As some of you may be aware, Tonga had an eruption of a volcano in the ocean (actually on a small island which apparently now is much bigger). Hopefully, tomorrow we may see some of the steam that may still be rising out of the ocean!
A few musings about Australia:
We found Brisbane to be fairly British in the traveller’s at the hostel and the accents. I think the Aussie people were harder to understand here than in Melbourne.
Australians will turn their vehicles around in the middle of the street anywhere (do a U turn). Doesn’t matter about the traffic, they just do it. In Sydney, out front of our hotel, we watched two people going opposite directions both turn a U turn at the same time!
Some of their slang (just like ours, I guess) is downright funny. “taking the piss” is joking with someone. A Willie WagTail is a real bird..thanks to Rachel for that one! It is similar to a magpie but no long tail and much smaller.
Ring up my mobile….just like it says….phone my cell!
Signs I love: Way Out….Exit! Give Way….Yield!
We arrived in Tonga at 1:00 AM....humidity 100%, just finished raining. Slept like a log and awoke to knocking at the door. We missed our free breakfast and she wanted to know if we wanted the free tour of the small village that we are very close to. Took the short tour and were dropped off to make our way back.
The weather forecast was for rain....wrong...hot and humid, it is. You sweat just drinking a cocktail! It's all quite wonderful and a real pleasure. These fales are somewhat the same except that this resort has an above ground swimming pool (covered of course) and that will be our next move as soon as I finish my cocktail. Heilala Resort is like living in the rainforest with paths and fales cut into the landscape. It is very beautiful and last night we again heard the crickets and not the city noise!
Tomorrow we are taking the island tour and will discover all the hidden treasures of Tonga. The owners of the resort are very bilingual and very friendly and help the guests with anything our little heart desires. Prices are very good also.