We had expected to be able to move in to our house yesterday. However, as we were getting ready to leave Seattle a few days ago, our landlord contacted us to let us know that his tenants wouldn’t be moved out until Monday. So, instead of unpacking and settling in to our new home this weekend, we found ourselves with some free time on our hands. We rarely have free time together as a family–let alone a whole weekend–let alone in a foreign country. Plus, the church we found here is out of town on a retreat this weekend so we didn’t even have that to go to today. All that to say, we got another family fun day today. Yahoo!
We decided to drive just outside of the Cork City Center to the Fota Wildlife Park.
It’s a really neat zoo with free-roaming and barely-fenced-in animals–perfect for getting up close and personal with the wildlife. Here’s Jon walking up to some Mara (large South American rodents) and wallabies:
There were also zebras, ostriches, and giraffes in a large enclosure near the entrance:
We saw lots of monkeys, including a sprightly baby Gibbon (on the roof in this photo):
All of the monkeys are housed on their own private islands:
We had so much fun at Fota that we bought a membership so we can return again soon!
On our way back to Cork we drove through the town of Cobh (formerly called Queenstown). This was the last port that Titanic stopped at to pick up passengers before making her fateful journey out to sea. Coincidentally, this is also the port where the ship Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Missile , thus instigating World War I. Besides it’s fascinating history, Cobh is just a quaint little town:
From Cobh we caught the (2 minute ride) car ferry back across the water to Rochestown (where our house is).
Tomorrow will be moving day and Jon’s first day of work–back to reality!