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Monday, July 12, 2010

Zoo, amusement park and temple.

DJ was feeling much better today and just in time for a full day off. We went down town to pick up some pants I had tailor made last Monday. While we were waiting we found that although people are generally curious about us, especially DJ and sometimes even Spot, they are really interested in watching Suzanne write left handed. No one is left handed in China. It cost me around $40US to have two pants and a shirt made. The shirt will be ready tomorrow afternoon. Deb picked out some material for a skirt that that will be ready Friday afternoon. It only cost about $10US. They all enjoyed looking at all the different colors and patterns of materials in the gourmet market. We left from the gourmet market to go to the zoo/amusement park. The temperature was going to get near 30C today so we wanted to get there early. I looked at the hours when I was buying the tickets and they open at 4:30am. Yes, it starts getting daylight at 3am. If we come back we will come very early so we beat the crowd and the heat. It really wasn’t very crowded but it did get hot. We saw everything this time around, including the haunted house, monkey house, aviary, aquatic tanks, and the reptile house. We also climbed to the top of the pavilion and rang the bell. When we first got to the park Suzanne wanted to try the bungee jump but didn’t like it. Then she and I went up in the Ferris wheel and then she took her mom up in it with DJ. They didn’t have a problem with it since it was enclosed and moving very slow. In fact, it didn’t even stop to let people on or off. You just stepped in or out while it was moving. We then went up the hill to the pavilion and had a great view of the city and rang the bell. We went next door to the park to visit the Buddha temple when we had finished seeing everything at the zoo. It is still under construction but there were still lots to see. It seemed funny to see a statue of Buddha with Christmas trees in the back ground. You can just make them out on either side of the tall white Buddha statue. You can also see the swastika symbol on the chest of the Buddha. We finished our big family day out with a trip to Flolon’s where I had a mixed steak grill plate and fries and a parfait. Suzanne had her usual spaghetti and Deb had the grilled chicken plate and a banana split. After such a long day we decided to come on home instead of going down by the river tonight. There are two movies I filmed from the pavilion. You can see the mountains in both and if you look at the one that is zoomed in, you will see a group of six tall buildings that look almost just alike. Those are the buildings that are along the river front and just behind where we live. According to one website I found, there are twice as many Buddhist in the world as there are American citizens which include 1.5 million Buddhist living in America.

Suzanne and DJ on the Carousel

Bell pavilion

Bell pavilion zoomed

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