Though I knew it would be crowded anywhere I’d go, I agreed to visit the zoo, which was free today. We started off at about 9, but the buses were so crammed, we thought walking would be better. We walked up Di Kou Street to a main street where we’d get a less crowded bus to the zoo. The wait was long and the bus was rather crowded, but what can you do? After we alighted from the bus we had to use a pedestrian bridge to cross the street. The bridge was packed with people and along the sides vendors added to the congestion. On a normal day they wouldn’t be a problem, but on a major holiday they just made things worse. Some were selling toys or water, but others were celling wigs, condos or rabbits. Who has time to stop and consider an important purchase while crossing a bridge?
We the walked past a group of food vendors before approaching the entrance. At the entrance it didn’t look to bad, but beyond the gate it was packed. People were standing shoulder to shoulder and the loudspeakers were blaring messages saying the zoo was over-capacity and it was dangerous to go inside. We talked it over and it seemed we wouldn’t get to see the animals anyway. After awhile we decided to go to a park further east and a little bit north. I’d been there with Eva and our pathfinder, Ed.
After a long wait for a bus, we finally got to the river park. We had the park and paths almost to ourselves!
After walking awhile we happened upon a group of amateur musicians who sang patriotic songs. Afterwards the urged us to sing with them and we sang “Jingle Bells” and one other corny song together.
Around 1 we were getting hungry and knew that finding luck would be tricky. There was nothing near the park and by the time we’d get home all the restaurants would be closed. We decided to go to Wanda Plaza for Indian food. Again the wait for the bus was long and then the traffic just inched along. We were hungry and jammed inside the bus like sardines.
The trip and the effort were worth it though as we had a great lunch. I’m not one for spicy food, but there were enough options in this cute curry restaurant. My two favorites were the Indian “quesadillas” made with an approximation of naan bread, a curry sauce and sliced vegetables and bean curry. The only disappointing item anyone got was a tepid chai tea, which the waitress got heated up.