Day 45 (2): Zoolookologie
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May 20th, 2010 – by: Biedjee
Lika works as an elementary school teacher and every once in a while she takes her class on a field trip. Today they were going to the zoo and Jack and I were invited to join them. I'm not a fan of zoos, especially not in countries where animal wellfare is not particularly high on the political agenda. At the same time I thought it would be interesting to see how local school children experienced a day out.
Fortunately the zoo was not as bad as I feared. With an entrance fee of only 50 cents I didn't expect much, so I was pleasantly surprised to find some of the enclosures to be pretty spacious and well-kept. And there were even some signs in English here and there.
The old part of the zoo wasn't so nice though, with bears, tigers, lions and several monkeys living in tiny, cramped cages.
The children were not overly interested in the animals. There were quite a few rides scattered throughout the park and the bumper cars and mini roller coaster proved far more popular than bears and lions.
Back at Jack and Lika's apartment we had some lunch and then it was time for me to leave. Today was new country day and I was taking the overnight train to the third country of the Caucasus: Azerbaijan.
Once again I was happy to be back on the train.
An unintended fortune by leaving Tbilisi a day later: The train crossed the border in the early evening. So had I travelled on the 19th, I would technically have crossed into Azerbaijan before my visa would be valid. Not sure what would have happened then.
As I would later learn, entering Azerbaijan on the 20th wasn't entirely without visa complications either, but more on that later...
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