Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)


An Afternoon at the Zoo

Utah's Hogle Zoo

On Sunday, my 6-year-old cousin, A,, and I headed to Hogle Zoo, located in Salt Lake City.

I haven’t been to the zoo since last year, so the changes were a bit of a shock.

The iconic mini-train ride of my childhood is no more. In its place is a mass of fencing, mounds of dirt, and signs for the upcoming ‘African Savanna’ opening in 2014. I’m glad we’re getting the African cats back (they’ve been gone for a few years now as the zoo is doing its exhibits by geographic region rather than just a mix of everything), but I’m going to miss the random assortment of animals visible from the train ride: buffalo, sheep, etc.

**Update! After scoping out the zoo’s website, I am happy to report that the train will reopen in 2014 and feature a longer ride around the new African Savanna exhibit! We’re talkin’ free-roamin’ giraffes, zebras, and ostriches. Nice!**

Baby Zuri
Baby Zuri


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2010-Travels with Ventsi

Thought I’d finally put up a some info. and pics of V’s visits to Utah this summer.

When he visited in May we didn’t do a whole lot.

He did muster up the courage, however, to meet most of the members of my family. Which was a major feat!

We did go out to the Great Salt Lake, went to a movie, lunch with friends from Alaska, drove up to Park City, drove around the University of Utah, and just generally relaxed with each other.

Great Salt Lake

Great Salt Lake

Great Salt Lake 2

Handsome man!

View of Salt Lake City

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