Basel again :) Can't seems to leave this city
24.08.2011 21 °C
I finally bought my own Swiss pass after living off charity for two days
Went to the Basel Zoo that is supposed to be one of the best in the world, the designs of the zoo is different than that of Prague's, instead of recreating a habitat out in the open. This zoo has special houses that host animals according to their different habitat and allows us to get up close and personal with the animals. Again, no explanation in English but I can comprehend a little bit of the German explanation. I found myself comparing the two zoos and I decided I liked Prague's zoo more, but this zoo is no slouch either. One of the good points of this zoo is they tried to instill strong environmental awareness in their visitors and is also rather children friendly.
Examples of the signs
Some of the animals and the structures
Workers in the zoo
Coming soon, the new and improved ape house
After the visit, I walked around Basel while trying to get swiss knives and some engraving done. Figured that if I were to get something, might as well get something useful instead of the usual trinkets. Somehow managed to communicate entirely in German while trying to get the knives' engraving done, I am still a little amazed at the effort taken.
Stopped by the Congress Center to have a look
Checked out the nice taxis (People from home are so obsessed with these type of cars, here there are just taxis. Perhaps excess wealth should be channeled elsewhere )
Walked in the city park (it's basically everywhere and it is really nice)
Roger Federer was here
The King that stuck his tongue out
And nice fountains that are all over the city
Went to the Arts Museum
And then the history museum
The history museum was actually quite decent with all the relic and treasures. I learnt a lot more about Basel after the visit to the museum and I had more appreciation for what the people go through. It was evening after the museums and I just go around randomly, exploring gems in back alleys in the process.
Exhibition in the museum
Some cool stuff
Joined the youth group from church for a time of prayer and sharing. We had a good time of fellowship, discussed about compassion, sang, prayed, ate lasagna and just chatted until late. I had to forced myself to leave the wonderful circle of friends because of a planned trip to Geneva tomorrow.
It is a great day indeed.