Trip Start Dec 08, 2007
Trip End Dec 16, 2007

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Today was going to be our first day all alone. Jane, Om and Mihiri were all doing wedding-related things, so we had to do our own thing. Mihiri suggested the zoo as she had heard that it was very good. Henry was looking for something to do, so he came with us. SWe had breakfast with Jane and we went down to the lobby to wait for Henry at the expected time. Henry wasn't there. He wasn't there for another half an hour. He thought that we would've left without him, but we hadn't, so he came over really quickly. We wanted to exchange some money, and his hotel had a better exchange rate, so we took a tuk-tuk there. It was an experience in itself as there are no doors, and the little things zipped through the traffic, always missing other cars but millimeters. For that reason, we only took it on the back streets.
After the money exchange, we made our way to the zoo. With no other taxis, we were forced to take the tuk-tuks again. It was fun, avoiding the other cars and feeling like we were speeding when we were really only going about 35 kms/h.
At the zoo, they had a separate and higher fee for foreigners, which was funny. We started looking at the fish, where there were many that I had never seen before. From there, we tried to follow the numbers that advised where you should go next, but we lost them. We saw many animals that you wouldn't normally see in a zoo, like donkeys, horses and deers. We also saw some of the normal ones like elephants, except these were chained on their feet and looked very uncomfortable.
We finished the zoo satisfied, although we felt as the only foreigners that we had become as big as an animal attraction at the zoo, with the locals all staring at us. It was afun time as it was unlike any zoo back home.
The zoo trip made us hungry, and we took the tuk-tuk back to the hotel for lunch. We ate at the private beach that the hotel has, with a lovely seafood restaurant which was situated right on the beach. As we ate, we had sand underneath our toes. We changed into our bathers and then braved the water. The water was the warmest beach water that I've ever been in, yet the current was the strongest. Just wetting my ankles made me wet to my neck. Even though mum and I are quite strong and confident swimmer, we didn't want to risk the rip-like conditions with no lifeguard and only 2 other people swimming. We instead fell asleep on the beach. This was very relaxing as by this time it was late afternoon and we had topped up on sunscreen, so we didn't need to worry about getting burnt.
Henry was booked in for a massage with the other boys, so we parted ways later. Mum and I sat in our hotel room, not really hungry as we had significant breakfast and lunch. We watched meaningless tv, but still had a fun night.
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