Zoo and Greyhound

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hostel kitchen, where I start my morning

Started the day with a quick breakfast in the kitchen. Then back to the room, to pack up and check out shortly after. I would leave my backpack at the front desk, as I wanted to do one more thing before going back home, which is the zoo.

Leaving the hostel, I went to a 7-Eleven, to get some drinks. Then to the subway, which I rode to get to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Arriving at the stop, I had to walk a block, going up and down a hill and through a park. I got to the zoo entrance, and used a coupon from the hostel, to get a discount for admission. Then entered the zoo.

There was only 1 animal near the entrance, which was the black-tailed prairie dogs. Then took a shuttle tram, to the other part of the zoo. I could have walked, but it was hilly and a bit long. Plus I wanted to save the walking for the actual part, as my feet will get sore.

keepers feeding penguins
 

Arriving at the other side, I started out with seeing the feeding of the African penguins. I arrived, just as the feeding began, which is always nice to see. 

Afterwards, I went through African Journey, which had a boardwalk in one part of the area. I walked all the way to the other side, where the elephants and giraffes were. It was mostly under the shade, which was good for me. Not many animals to see. I headed back the other way, and went to the next part of the zoo.

I would look around the Maryland Wilderness, starting with the March Aviary, seeing a bunch of North American birds. After that, I walked around the rest of the Maryland Wilderness, seeing North American animals. As the name would indicate, this part is more locally focused.

Finally, the Polar Bear Watch, which has polar bears and a few other animals found in the cold regions of the world.
birds in the Marsh Aviary
There was a replica of a tundra buggy. 

After all this, I went through the Penguin Education Center, which has some underwater views of the penguins. And that completed my visit to this zoo. I will admit, I did hurry up a bit, as I do have a bus to catch later on. More about this zoo, and more zoo photos, in the review here.

Taking the shuttle back to the entrance, and leaving the zoo. Then took the subway back to downtown. I walked to the hostel, and got my backpack there. Then walked to a bus stop, a few blocks away. 

I got to the bus stop, and sent a text to get the times of the next one. The next one would have been about 20 minutes away, but a bus ended up coming only a few minutes later.
leaving the zoo
I got on it quickly, and rode it to the Greyhound station. This goes to show, don't depend on the bus schedules online, too much.

When I got to Greyhound station, I would learn shortly after, that my bus would arrive about 1 and 1/2 hour late. Disappointing, but not surprising. And when asking about it, the guy answered as if he could not be bothered at all. So I got some nachos with cheese, as my lunch. 

When the bus did come, I was able to get on it. And was one of the lucky ones, as the bus was almost full already. As a result, many people were turned away. Typical of Greyhound, to be very messy. The only thing that Greyhound is better than Megabus, is that you can wait indoors with Greyhound. A huge deal, when it is very hot outside.

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hostel kitchen, where I start my m…
hostel kitchen, where I start my …
keepers feeding penguins
keepers feeding penguins
birds in the Marsh Aviary
birds in the Marsh Aviary
leaving the zoo
leaving the zoo
black-tailed prairie dogs eating t…
black-tailed prairie dogs eating …
African penguins swimming
African penguins swimming
African penguins with pink-backed …
African penguins with pink-backed…
black crowned cranes
black crowned cranes
Caribbean flamingo eating
Caribbean flamingo eating
spur-thigh tortoise
spur-thigh tortoise
southern white rhino
southern white rhino
hadada ibis
hadada ibis
saddle-billed storks
saddle-billed storks
chimpanzee
chimpanzee
Coquerels sifaka
Coquerel's sifaka
elephant yard
elephant yard
African elephant
African elephant
2 elephants interacting with each …
2 elephants interacting with each…
reticulated giraffes
reticulated giraffes
demoiselle crane
demoiselle crane
black vulture
black vulture
more birds in the Marsh Aviary
more birds in the Marsh Aviary
northern pine snake
northern pine snake
spotted turtle
spotted turtle
goats eating
goats eating
pygmy goats
pygmy goats
donkey
donkey
keeper holding a snake
keeper holding a snake
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