Sunday, 23 August 2009

Safari in Bari

So we went to the Safari in Bari (southeast coast). It was about a 3 1/2 hour drive from here. The first part of it was through hilly/ mountain roads. The Italians don't bank there roads like we do. You take it for granted and don't really notice the banking until its not there. We were following another family so for about an hour it was realistically white-knuckle driving. It was about half way through, during some hard concentration, that I realized it was because of a lack of banking...

The Safari was neat. It started off with different variants of deer (like most zoos), then had lions and tigers and bears (oh my...), giraffes, lamas, zebra, bison, flamingos, monkeys. After the drive through portion we walked around the amusement park part. There is a monkey train you can take. One of the coolest things I've ever been on. You bring your own big bag of peanuts. They stick you in a tram car which is double fenced (you are in the cage), and there are little tubes to pass the peanuts through. The tram starts going and gets around the corner and suddenly there are monkeys ALL OVER the outside of your cage! We were jamming peanuts through as fast as we could, laughing the whole time. Near the end we figured out there were a couple of the smaller monkeys that could fit their hands into the door. So you hand the peanut directly to them. It’s like a baby's hand, small and smooth. After that we let the kids ride a few rides and then headed back. We got to experience another part of European culture. We didn't bring any gas coupons with us so we got to pay 40 euro for 30 liters of gas ($57 for 8 gallons). With the gas coupons we pay about 1/2 what the Italians pay...

All in all a good day.

1 comment:

  1. I've always dreamed of going to a safari/zoo thing like that, where they come up to your car! That is sooo awesome! And the monkeys sound a little scary, but glad you all had a great time! I'm so glad that y'all are having fun exploring! Love you all!