Life in Dublin

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Our Sunday Funday landed us at the Dublin Zoo in Phoenix Park in North Dublin.  Andy had made arrangements with one of his coworkers to meet there with said coworker’s sister and friends.  The great thing about meeting them was they had a baby about the same age as Kinsler!  It was great fun being with other people with same aged children!

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The zoo was beautiful, lush and quaint.  I took it to be a much more “natural” setting for the animals than most other zoos I have attended.  The plants were variant and the animals were playing on trees and plants in very natural and open enclosures.

When we attend zoos, being from Texas, we expect to be outrageously hot with the need to pack lots of water and cool down with chillers.  That was not the case here, although Kieghan insisted on getting some gelato anyway.  In fact, it was rather the opposite and quite enjoyable!

  The weather was sunny but with a slight breeze that kept it just cold enough to need a light jacket.  We couldn’t have asked for better zoo weather!

In and around the zoo, we (the adults) were led by a very, well-trained, logistical zoo leader.  You might know him, and a few of you might have experienced his leading skills in other parks or zoos.  With map in hand and compass programmed in mind, Kieghan was able to navigate us through the entire zoo quite impressively.  The others we were with kept asking if he was going to be in Scouts.  He impressed them all with his ability to maneuver around using cardinal directions. 

It was a great day for all involved, and it was especially great to be with a group of other adults who were able to give us some advice on the basics of living in Ireland!