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."|
|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."
|Giraffes!! My favorite|
|"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language."|
|"Never be afraid to sit awhile and think."|
|Sea lions fighting|
|"Beauty without colour seems somehow to belong to another world."|
|"Patience is the companion of wisdom."|
|"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?"