lions, tigers, and futbol oh my!
Valencia Travel Blog› entry 25 of 42 › view all entries
January 10th, 2009 – by: ariel444
so the whole reason valencia ended up on my itinerary was because of this awesome zoo i read about online called the bioparc. it sounded really cool and i had to go so i added it in! so then last night when we started talking about going to the football game today i got kinda bummed because i was thinking man i might have to miss the zoo depending on opening hours etc... but it turns out the football game wasnt until 10pm (because really i dont think anything is being done at 10am in spain!) so i got to go to the bioparc and it was AMAZING. the way they have it set up you feel like youre in there with the animals-and sometimes you were! they had a bird area that you could walk into and the birds roamed around and flew freely! and the same thing with the lemurs! when i walked up to the gateway there was an employee there who told me the rules about entering the lemur pen-no food, close one door before opening the next beucase theyre clever and might escape since theyre roaming freely.
so in i go into the pen, making sure no lemurs escape as i open the door of course, and i look up and there are lemurs right in the tree in front of me!! they were all bunched up and sleeping together-so cute. as i took pictures one barely cracked its eye open, didnt budge an inch, before closing it and going back to sleep. rounding the corner there were two more of a different species in another tree climbing around eating the leaves, paying me no mind whatsoever. went around another corner and there were a ton of them! they little grey ones with black and white tails were hopping all around and playing together.
but like i said, that aside, they were super interesting to watch beucase they are sooo human like. one came over and sat in the corner near the glass - one of the few places where they have glass separating you from the animals, and he just sat there and crossed his arms. he would pick at the hair on his arms and groom himself, just relaxing, looking around. then the poo eating gorilla comes over and joins him and they just sit there together, hanging out. so a guy goes over and sits at the glass next to them and starts making faces at the poo eating one so his girlfriend can take a picture, and at one point he stuck his tongue at the ape and no joke, the ape did it back! we all burst into hysterics.
that night miriam and i decided to be the fancy cooks in the kitchen; we still made spaghetti, but it was with fancy sauce! it had zucchini, olives (from the free food shelf in the kitchen-woohoo!), red bell peppers, and chorizo--> totally miriams call, and a great one at that. it was really good!
the rest of the days budget was blown on the valencia/villareal football game that night - pure awesome-ness.
the stadium was about 90% valencia fans and man were they loud. everytime valencia scored there was an uproar and i swear the stadium shook! obsenities were yelled, feet were stomped, and fingers were given to the other team and their fans - general chaos.
bonus - while out we met an aussie who looked like (and danced like) mr. bean aka rowan atkinson. he was a super nice guy, not nearly as odd as mr. bean, but man he sure did look like him! and this was after we met antony, the welsh dr. phil, back at our hostel. i kid you not - dead ringer for dr.
such a magnificent day... a great zoo, some great sports, good food, and maybe one too many agua de valencias! hint - it doesnt really have any water in it! except for maybe the ice cubes...
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