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March 19, 2010

A Wee Bit Grotty

Filed under: Cairo — scotsabroad @ 5:18 pm

A quick visit to the zoo today as a risk assessment for year 1 visiting next week. Even in the space of a year the place looks more run down than ever. The toilets were disgusting, so I’m glad I’ve arranged for the year group to spend just a couple of hours in the zoo itself.  Being a Friday the place became very busy. Huge extended families sitting everywhere eating their picnic lunches. Because Lucas will be visiting with his class, we hurriedly went round the site only stopping to visit the hippos and the reptile house.  

 

Then it was on to the Fish Garden and Aquariums on Zamalek. We have always wanted to visit these fish gardens, having read about them being part of the Khedive’s vast garden, and the grotto set beneath the man-made hill, concealing huge caves in the centre of the park. A bit of a let-down to be honest. We entered the cave system and found the aquariums set in the walls. Very dirty, dark and rundown. However, the boys enjoyed running through the labyrinth while we anxiously checked out the noisy bats that were flying around. Empty tanks with fizzy drink cans taking the place of fish. Others with smashed glass.  Just all a bit tired and looking like the aftermath of a rampaging clay modelling class. Good day though, if that makes sense?

     

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