Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Lions and Tigers and Bears!

                These past two weeks I’ve been quite busy with school (mainly Syntax), so I haven’t done many interesting things besides figuring out why Spanish resultative constructions prohibit the formation of a fully lexicalized complex verb and stuff like that. But luckily today was Peruvian Labor Day, so we got school off. Taking advantage of the break, I went with some friends to El Parque de las Leyendas (The Park of Legends), which is actually a zoo. And crazily enough, it’s directly behind our university.
                Without maps, it was easy to get lost in the enormous park as we navigated between the four sections: Sierra, Coast, Jungle, and International. In a city of 8 million people, it makes sense that the central zoo is crowded on a day off, but today was jam-packed. Children were running everywhere, enchanted by the odd forms and rare sounds of the animals. I myself felt like a child again, enjoying the time of pure wonder and delight…and no childhood is complete without a giant ice cream cone with syrup and sprinkles! Couldn’t have asked for a better day. Since words cannot do the animals justice, I think a post of mostly pictures is best. 
"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."
~William Shakespeare
The zoo is built around an archaeological site; this is just a display though

The surprisingly large tapir. One little kid screamed when he saw it, saying "Mommy look, an elephant!"
Close but no cigar...

"Life is amazingly good when it's simple and amazingly simple when it's good."
~Terri Guillements
Giraffes!! My favorite

"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language."
~Martin Buber

"Never be afraid to sit awhile and think."
~Lorraine Hansberry
Sea lions fighting

"Beauty without colour seems somehow to belong to another world."
~Murasaki Shikibu

"Patience is the companion of wisdom."
~St. Augustine
"The language of friendship is not words but meanings."
~Henry David Thoreau

"Tiger, Tiger , burning bright
In the forests of the night
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?"
~William Blake

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