One of the things we enjoy about living abroad is traveling. Ecuador is an amazing country to travel around, the beauty and diversity is astounding.
We also like traveling to places that have some of the things we were used to from Canada. Big book stores like Chapters or Indigo, and the large grocery and department stores we were used to. Seeing new things and having new experiences is so much fun!
That doesn’t mean that we don’t like being here in Ecuador. By the end of our vacation we could not wait to get back home – Ecuador.
We took a trip to Miami not long ago and while we were planing the trip one of the places our daughter wanted to see most was the Miami Metro Zoo. We all love animals so we were excited. The day we went was sunny, but not so sunny that all the animals were hiding from the heat.
One of the highlights was feeding the giraffes. They were so huge, but so gentle. I was surprised to see how long their tongues were. As Drew passed the giraffe pieces of lettuce it would stretch out its tongue and curl it around the lettuce, and then bring it slowly back into its mouth. The giraffe seemed to be so conscious of being careful not to hurt Drew that its tongue was quivering as it reached out ever so slowly to take the lettuce.
Seeing the giraffes up so close gave me a new appreciation for them, I was so amazed watching Drew feed them that I almost forgot to take pictures. Their big beautiful eyes, the gorgeous pattern on their fur, and that amazingly long neck! I didn’t think that I was going to get to pet a giraffe at the zoo. There is a first time for everything!
Getting Really Close With Monkeys And Lions
In the lion and the monkey enclosures there were areas that we could walk inside of to get a closer look at the animals. We walked inside of these cave like structures where the only thing separating us from the animals was a couple inches of glass.
When we walked up to the glass in the monkey enclosure one of the monkeys saw us and walked over. He started slapping the glass right in front of us, it was really funny. And when we walked up to the glass in the lion enclosure we were surprised to find a lion lying right up against the glass!
Friendly Birds and Naughty Squirrels
There was a huge aviary full of different kinds of birds, many of them free to walk and fly around wherever they pleased. One of the birds we spent some time taking pictures of started following us as we walked away, kind of like he wanted to come home with us.
We also had fun watching a large squirrel steal the french fries Drew dropped while we were having lunch. The way they sit on their back legs and hold their food with their front paws, nibbling away is so super cute! We used to see squirrels a lot back in Canada. Seeing a naughty squirrel stealing food from the bird feeder in the middle of winter was something I always loved to watch.
We have also traveled to Canada and Aruba since we’ve lived in Ecuador. Where do you travel (outside of the country) while living abroad? Please share your comments with us.