[March 27, 2018—-
I JUST DISCOVERED THAT I NEVER POSTED THIS! I WILL JUST POST IT AND THEN THE GIRLS WANT TO TRY THEIR HAND AT WRITING ON THE BLOG. ~ JAMIE]
It’s Saturday, Jan. 26, at 10:07 pm in NZ. I am eager to write about New Zealand, but first I want to write about taking the children to Taronga Zoo in Sydney.
We originally thought we were going to take a day to retrace the places that Reese went when he came over here with Pastor and Mrs. Folk and five other young people. They visited the same family in New Zealand that we are staying with right now. Then they took a day to stay in Sydney and just see the sights.
So Friday morning, we got up and tried to get an early start. My planned 8 am start turned into a 10 am start. Oh well, that is completely par for the course. I keep telling people my middle name is late.
We walked to the train station, following a little map we got at the front desk. We found ourselves mostly walking behind houses. It was interesting, as it was in complete daylight, but we didn’t want to return that same way. I had found the location of the nearest station by using the internet that morning, and had tried to explore the costs of tickets for us. I think it took 20 minutes to walk to the station. The ticket agent had me pay for each of the boys as adults, but the three girls only had to pay for one ticket for the three of them. Thus began a little pattern of putting the ticket in and quickly scooting through before the gate closed again. We didn’t know how it knew we had three children for one ticket, so Karen scooted through before me. She seemed stressed each time. Only once did one of them get kind of pinched by the flaps (hope I have a picture to illustrate that).
I decided we would quickly go to the zoo first. You do that by taking a ferry across the bay. The tickets we bought included as many train and ferry rides as we wanted for the whole day. Nice! We rode down to the ferry, found our dock, had a short wait before getting on the ferry and going up to the top deck. We found a shady covered open area to sit in and we set our few snacks on our benches. I fought down my worry about children falling overboard (no one is offered life vests). We came around the Sydney Opera House. It isn’t really all that impressive. It’s unique, but the individual tiles make it look kind of like a golf ball up close. Since I don’t like opera music and don’t believe it is even godly, I didn’t have any desire to go to it. Good thing. We were at the zoo all day!
We arrived at our dock and took the bus up the winding hill to the entrance. We queued up and calculated our tickets. Even with the family ticket (which gave us 15% off the total of four adults and four children), it was a bit expensive. But a once-in-a-lifetime trip is going to cost more than camping at Keuka Lake State Park. 🙂
We all got a free zoo map and started out. The first thing was a quick look at an alligator and then we walked up and around a ramp that encircled an small enclosure for the koalas. By this time it was about 11 am and it was hot. The koalas were sleeping. They were boring. Dylan said that he wouldn’t believe they were real unless they moved. We left there and looked for more animals to see if they would move. 🙂