Zoo Weekend

I went to the zoo twice in 3 days. Yes, twice in 3 days. Wednesday I made the zoo with plenty of time not to have to sprint before the gates shut to discover they were already shut. The receptionists had a good giggle at my bewildered face as I checked my watch and phone. I looked at them with a face, I still have a few minutes, you closed early! They mouth it’s closed. No sh*t sherlock.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

But, but, but I have a 4 minutes! They laugh saying it’s been closed all day due to the wind. I then get all apologetic like you do when you realise you didn’t handle the situation well. Apologies for been antsy, it’s the only place in the city that’s calm, green, blah, blah. They laugh again, many visitors are the same. Some go everyday. I would if I could. I left saying I’d say hi to the residents another day. The silver lining, I got back early after running errands in the centre.

I hope you’re having a great week so far. This week’s been kinda low key crazy hence a late catch up that’s taken 3 days to write. The past few days may have been low key but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been equally as much drama as usual. As I went the zoo twice last week, there might be a slight overload on zoo photos.

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This ladies were waiting for their keeper. The one sitting was on the lookout trying to see past everyone.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Now the zoo’s on winter hours, everything requires better timing to make the gates (insert laughing emoji. If it was required to hold a bicycle licence, I’d be disqualified within 5 minutes). Few visitors made it feel like I had the whole place to myself.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I made it back in time for a quick trip to La Maquinista mall and managed not to get any Christmas decorations. It was tempting, but I managed to walk away!img_5227

Saturday I had every intention of breaking Tone It Up Beach Babe 4 workouts. I do my own workouts during the week with the weekends following someone else’s lead. I’ve been meaning to for ions, it was time to check out the Nike Training Club app. I think selected a 30 minute high intensity, high level of fitness, total body with emphasis on core work, I think called Core. I liked the bear crawls and medicine ball wood chop slams (though I couldn’t full force slam them. I put cushions down to take out some impact, but with wood floors I wasn’t risking it) however I wasn’t sold. I don’t see it becoming my main Saturday workout. I’d prefer teaching pointers during the demo and it’s good for a quick fix, but I like a little more. I’m sure those with box jumps would test me, however I prefer something a little more varied with more advancement options. I’m sure NTC has these, however I finished off with 2 TIU workouts. If I travel and don’t want to think about planning something or want a change every now and then I’ll try a few more out. For now I don’t see it being Saturday thing. The rest of the day was taking up with working the different between wordpress.com and .org, DIY lip scrubs and bike ride to the W Hotel as I had to get out.

Sunday my plans to run before midday didn’t happen and it ended up being a quick (for me) 10km before making back to be ready to make the zoo. Everybody else it seemed was at the zoo, but that meant I could take advantage of it’s 15 minute grace period after closing as there was no way all those people were leaving at on time.img_5305Keeping warm gibbon style OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUltimate mohawkOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Only my Monday’s supermoon attempts on my iPhone weren’t so blurry with the moon super tiny. November’s and December’s project: getting to know my camera better!img_5310

Were you able to see the super moon? Have a great rest of the week!



  1. Janet Forster says:

    Hi Natalie

    Fabulous pictures again!!! Looks like you’ve got the hang of your camera already, but it’s fun to do a course, they always have something new to show you.

    We went to Scotland last week for a few days, we’re hoping to get some pictures of the beautiful colours of the trees this year, they say it is to do with the very late hot summer. We stopped one night in the Lake District, but it drizzled and was misty, not a good backdrop for nice photos. Mike is as keen as you, he really could do with a new camera, he has an Olympus Trip that we bought at the airport on our way to Barcelona about 15 years ago!!!

    Looking forward to your next visit to the zoo!!! Janet xx

    Sent from my iPad

    1. says:

      Ha ha! I use an olympus pen lite. And you’re too kind. We were in Media Markt the other day looking at polarised filters. P asked what diameter my lens is. I had no idea!
      I’m happy you got away for a few days. The trees here don’t really start to change until late December. It’s like they start in early November then take a break until late December!
      I’m in 2 minds whether to take a course in person or muddle my way on Google. It’s a little embarrassing I don’t know all the functions my camera does after 2 years!
      Have a great weekend xoxo

  2. says:

    Great pics! Thanks for sharing! The super moon was phenomenal here. My girls loved it and actually saw it in the morning too on their way to school. It seemed so close and bright and actually caused flooding in downtown streets with the higher than normal tides. Your passion for running is very inspiring Nat. Congrats for YOU in such a great lifestyle.

    1. says:

      That must have been so cool going to school under a super moon!
      No crazy tides here that I know of. The first half of the week had some impressive waves which made the surfers happy.
      I can’t say I have a huge passion for running. I like it but I’m not a natural born runner or one that wakes up and can only think of running. The vistas make better photos than gym equipment shots so they get featured more!

  3. says:

    I saw the supermoon! It’s been cloudy lately but the clouds gave us a break!

    1. says:

      Yay! Moon magic whisking away clouds 😉

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