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Back from Berlin - a bit of talking and ZOO PHOTOS

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 10, 2012, 8:16 PM


Hi people :D

Muhaha, I am back from Berlin - it was AWESOME trip!
Thank you all for journey advices - we finally decided to not buy a sticker, to park our cars as close to the center as possible and to get to the hotel by underground. We in fact had no clue where to park or where to even leave a highway, but it somehow happened that we accidentaly left the car on the best place, which was really right next to the beginning of "eko" zone and just next to the tube station of the line which got us directly to the hotel. Yay!
The first thing I saw after getting out of the underground area was... CHECKPOINT CHARLIE! :la:
One of the things I REALLY wanted to see in my life :aww:
And even our hotel was on a street, which used to be divided by Berlin wall! The remains were still lying just few metres from the hotel! Just AWESOME, AWEEEEEESSSOOMMMEEEE!
It really meant a lot for me.
I wonder if YOU know about Berlin wall and so...?
I think I will write a report about it next time :nod:

My sister studies architecture, so we spent the first day (in fact evening as we got to the hotel at 6 pm) walking through the city, admiring local architecture. My sister and mother loved all those houses and buildings - I liked them too, but I was excited about the touch of modern history. Communism era and also world war II. are my issues :D but I found no direct remains of the WWII topics - I think it is probably still a very sensitive topics for Germans, right? next time I just need to go to some exhibition of photos or military technique :nod:

Next day, my sister and mother continued in their "architecture quest", while I went to ZOO Berlin. The entry is pretty expensive, but I did not regret it, because I knew Berlin keeps many species, which are not kept by other animal parks. I saw aye aye! And Javan leopard - only ZOO Berlin, Tierpark Berlin and ZOO in Jakarta keep them! :la: the ZOO is full of such curiosities and I really loved that. When it comes to photography... well, it is a challenge, a BIG challenge. Some exhibits are totally photographer friendly, but I came there especially to capture: black jaguars, Javan leopards, tigers and corsac foxes. They all lived in double fenced exhibits, which is something I hate :( jaguars even had tripple fence, as the bars of the cage were completed with some mesh. Nah. I somehow managed to capture some shots, so I was proud of myself :XD: but to me, all those cages for big cats looked very OLD, small, sterile and very old-fashioned in a bad way. I think they all need a renovation and ZOO should put there glass walls to allow a better view :P
There were some things I did not like - I went through whole ZOO like an idiot to see a BIRD HOUSE - but it was renovated! Why they simply did not put a sign there, informing people about it? :XD:
Also, when I came to the ZOO, it was raining, so I hid myself in an aquarium (you pay special price for a visit, but it is worth of it, whole aquarium is fantastic, it has many species of fish, sharks, reptiles, frogs and so. Really cool!). When I was leaving, I just used the doors with EXIT sign - but I found myself on a street of Berlin! :O_o: I got scared and almost hysterical, thinking about those 20 € I paid for an entry - I was ready to start a scandal if they did not allow me to come back to the ZOO, but fortunately, they did :XD: my heart was beating so much :XD:
But a look at adorable baby seal made me calm :D

I left the ZOO and joined my mom and sister - we had a look at few buildings again and we went shopping :giggle: I bough AWESOME navy blue dress for a wedding of my cousin (I love him so much, he is better like my very good friend :aww:), it makes me slimmer and I feel so... lady like in it :D the same dress is sold also in my country, but well, the price was the same and at least I can say I bought something nice in Berlin :giggle: we also bought few mascaras from KIKO, our favorite cosmetics brand ;)
Then we went to the hotel, being VERY tired.
It happened just few meters in front of the hotel.
My sister just shouted: "look! A FOX!!!"
A had a look and really - there was a wild red fox behind a thrash bin, gazing at us! :heart: it was not afraid, rather hesitating if it should leave and run or if it should hide :D it finally hid itself - I went to have a look, there was a quite large FENCED area with trees and grass, a place, which was obviously ready for the start of some construction. I saw at least two pairs of fox ears there, as foxes were probably waiting for our departure :XD: so cute, after all those unlucky moments, I finally saw a wild red fox - and so close to me! :D it was funny and I do not think it will ever happen to me again to see FOUR species of foxes (ZOO: arctic fox, fennec fox, corsac fox, WILD: red fox) at the same day :D I was very happy.


Next day I went to Tierpark Berlin, which is also known for fantastic collection of animals.
It is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO large that I only got to the third of the area! The incredible amount of animals is concentrated in pavilions which usually keep related animals. Like big cat house has: small species of cats (fishing cat, Caracal, manul and many more), Malayan tiger, Sumatran tiger, cougar (I know, cougar is a small cat), lion, Javan leopard, jaguar, leopard, China leopard, Amur leopard, Snow leopard, cheetah, clouded leopard. And I bet I forgot some species! :faint:
I was happy to finally see a Harpy eagle - I only did not see or photograph dingos, humming-birds (:cries:) and aardwolf - it makes me a bit sad, as I really wanted to seee an aardwolf, it is such a rarity!

I think I managed to take some photos, although for this big cat pavilion, there is the same comment like for the big cat house in ZOO Berlin - those cages (yes, cages) are really small, boring and animals should get better enclosures. But well, I think ZOO will build them :D


The whole trip was simply awesome, I took more than 3000 photos, so you can look forward to some new deviations, I think :giggle:






Scrap photos from ZOO BERLIN (not Tierpark)
Note the corsac fox and Javan leopard (a cat which shows teeth) :aww:


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TearsOfWolf Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice to hear you enjoyed it! :aww:
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woxys Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
thank you, pal :D
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jaina-anne Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What an awesome journal. Great job.
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SakuraNakamura Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What is the animal in the first picture?
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
a red river hog :)
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
Ohhh sounds like you had so much fun! Wish I could have come with you! I still don't have my invite to the wedding, maybe it got lost in the mail :rofl:
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
it the most likely did! :noes: maybe if you take a kangaroo as a gift, you might come! :noes:
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Oh yeah I'll smuggle one into the country, good luck to me :lol:
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CaseyMuppetRocks Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist
You take beautiful pictures of animals :)
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ChaosToGlory Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
As always, lovely pictures. We've got baby river hogs at our zoo =)
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Purgatoire Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I once run against the glas wall of the Aquarium when I were younger....it realy hurt. xD

Hve you met ZOO Leipzig yet?
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Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful photos as usual! You are always excellent

Of course I know of the Berlin Wall, after all the last time I was single it wasn’t in a museum yet. Bwahaha! It has such a history and not only that but the Berlin Airlift ties in nicely to the story of the wall. I often wonder what they were thinking when they negotiated the treaty. Politics is strange sometimes. Sometimes politicians and lawyers negotiate things that make little sense when they have to be implemented.

One of my coworkers frequently takes trips to Europe where he insists on driving. Before he goes he gets on Google maps and looks up each of his destinations, like the museums and hotels but also looks up the parking lots around where he wants to go. Using the street view mode he actually “drives” from location to location using the maps. He says that way the course of his trip is familiar to him before he even arrives and he already knows where all the possible parking places are located and where he might have problems with things like hidden off ramps and things like that. It takes him some time to do but on complicated trips its better than being lost in downtown.
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
great approach of your colleague :nod:

I must write a journal about Berlin wall, I bet people from US do not know about it :(
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Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, many of those of us who are older do, and those who care about history do. But so many people these days only care about what is fun to talk about in clubs and bars which has all the depth of a mud puddle and those people have all the truth they need to look wise and knowledgeable without being freakishly geeky so when I try to share things like that with most people I see their eyes glaze over. Sad to say I think that's become a world wide thing.
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
yes, very sad :(
next journal will be about Tierpark Berlin, but the one after it will include info about Belrin wall!
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Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice. I agree people care more about texting than history, science or dept of character or spirit. And I am sure that although many have heard of the Berlin wall, very few will have heard of bombing of Dresden or Tokyo
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dandy-cARTastrophe Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you had so much fun there, dear, and that you got lucky with the wild fox! :clap:
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Redaxelnax Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Brilliant photos!
What is the first picture of?
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GatitaZ Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great photos, I really like the fox.
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7353 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D sounds like a very nice trip you had yourself :)

yes a lot of those cages are just really difficult to deal with if you want to take pictures, but i hope whe they are done with the renovation that they make those a little bit more photogrph-friendly

and some really nice pictures you show :)

btw did you see this little guy :D ? [link] he is near the entrance of the tierpark :)

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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
I did! :rofl: I took the photo :rofl:
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7353 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D i simply love this little guy even thougt he slowly ages and looses a little of his gloss (well but enough children hands will make at least some parts shine like pure gold :D)
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Awesome photos! I'm happy to hear that you had a great time in Berlin--and saw a wild fox up close! I would love to see Berlin and the Berlin zoo. It was my sister's favorite city when she visited Europe! :)
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
good luck with visiting it :aww:
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Kezulos Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sounds like you had a great time! 3000 photos, wow, but I know how that can be. Love the shots you included here (& all the talk of cats & foxes!). Welcome back!
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rivermoon2177 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
A blue dress...I must admit to being a little curious as to what it looks like now.
Oohhhhh I am jealous of you seeing that fox, people keep telling me they live near my house but they keep avoiding me....LUCKY :) ,
And the photos are absolutely beautiful!
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
thank you and here is the dress I bought - [link] :aww:
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rivermoon2177 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
I like the dress :) nice choice.
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Tharalin Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Good to hear you had a great time !
I saw a few weeks ago a documentary about wildlife in berlin, there are tons of foxes and wild pigs living in the city (hiding and living in safe places and roaming the city at night in search of food).
And the first photos look great.
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
very true, I read the arcticle about it some year ago :giggle:
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Rebelwolf13570 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
How did you get that fish so sharp?
My camera doensn't get them like that :)
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
thanks, I just take many many many photos, usually at least some of them are sharp :D
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moonlightbird Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Welcome back :) It is so amazing that yo uhad such a fantastic time there. :D How are you? Next tiem you have to coem to Hamburg. ^^
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woxys Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
fine thanks, and you? :D
Haha, I plan to go there next year to visit Svenimal :D
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moonlightbird Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Tell me then, when yo uare here. :) Then we all can meet. :) Then you have to handle with a double Sven xD
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pink-gizzy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful and funny photos. :heart:

There are still some old buildings with bullet holes from WWII.
If you are ever in Berlin again, I can show you some stuff.

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lilshiniko Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Very awesome! I'm glad you had a good trip.

I don't know if it bothers anyone else, but that huge amount of text being in white on black/dark was kind of painful after the first few paragraphs. Just an observation.
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TeaRoses Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Those are beautiful. I especially love the boar and the baby elephant. And the hippo!

(I know a little about the Berlin Wall because I am old and remember well when it was still up and when it was destroyed, even though I live in the U.S. But I'm no expert on it.)
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zerohenry Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy shit! That boar is awesome!
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edgefan-talon Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Writer
A red river hog!!!!! I love those things you have no idea!!
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forgottensoul25 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photos!
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Shelby2398 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool! Your photos are so incredible! :squee:
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