As my flatmate once said “if there was an Olympic sleeping team you would be the captain”. So yes I slept in again today. Got myself to the appropriate metro station and took the 20 odd minute trip out to the Madrid Zoo. It is very well sign posted from the station to the zoo along the kilometre walk. One reason why I chose to come to Madrid is because they have pandas at the zoo. Yes, they have them at the Adelaide zoo but while I was in Spain I might as well see a panda. Maybe I will go and see the ones in Adelaide as well and take my niece and nephew.
I was going to take Percy but I was a little worried about bag snatchers . He can’t go from being the kept panda of leisure to a gypsy panda waylaying los turistas, so he had to miss out on seeing his relatives. The female panda gave birth to a male cub in August so she and her cub were in a room away from the public. There was a camera on her though and she spent the hours that I was there curled up in a ball, I assume with her cub curled up in the middle. The male panda Bing Xing ( which means Star of ice, I hope not the illegal kind) spent the whole time eating. eating eating eating eating.
There must have been something in the water cause there were lots of animals with “babies”. I spotted some wallabies giving it a bit of a go. I tried to take a photo for you but it was blurry.
It is a massive zoo, some of the enclosures seemed a little unfair.
It was a nice day. I went “home” via the market to get a take away Mojito. Take away Mojitos should be available in Caulfield North. My cousin Malcolm had recommended a tapas place so I went looking for it, got lost, found a place I thought looked welcoming, kept walking checked google maps realised I was very close to the place he had recommended went back , low and behold it was the place I thought looked welcoming. It was welcoming and the food didn’t cause any stomach upsets. Thanks Malcolm