I’m back but not done yet. We’re going back to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

By the way, I have a plan. See the thing is, I actually have real world things to do now that I’ve come back to the U.S. There’s work, working out, friends who haven’t seen me in 6 months, family who hasn’t seen me in 6 months…as my friend would put it: struggles. But here’s the plan. Besides the amazing Mate of the week, I am going to release a post a week. Every Monday. Perfect since Sunday is usually bed day. Once college starts, I’m going to love the procrastination. Maybe I’ll add in a poem or short story just to keep the HW away.

Let me take you on a journey as we go back into time, returning to Argentina, actually just outside of Buenos Aires. We got to a small town called Lujan. You wouldn’t have heard of it, it’s nothing special, except for it’s zoo: Lujan Zoo. I know what you’re thinking. So what, it’s a zoo. We already saw your post about Cordoba’s zoo and it sucked. Before you leave thinking it was a fluke, there is one special fact about this zoo.

You get to pet lions and tigers.

I repeat, you get to pet lions and tigers.

I really wish we could also pet bears, that would have made it perfect. But, lions and tigers. Lions and tigers.

I GOT TO PET LIONS AND TIGERS!!!

Since I’ve got your attention, I’m going to put in the story telling part before I allow you to see the pictures…of me…and the tigers or lions.

So it started as an overcast Sunday. After some brief research and some questions and the tourist help little centers, my mother and I (did I mention she came to visit me, she missed me a lot) arrived at the bus stop to Lujan zoo. But nooooo we couldn’t just pay to get on. We needed a Subte card. Basically a New York Metro Card I assume. Therefore we ran to a kiosk, bought a card, put a bunch of money on it, returned to the bus stop. Fortunately either the same bus was there or a different bus was there. It didn’t matter, we were on the bus for an hour to 2 hour ride. And when it felt too long, I asked the driver who informed me we would be there in 10 minutes. A little bit later we stopped, he called for Lujan Zoo and we were on our way.

For 300 pesos, AKA $30, we were allowed entrance. And we began our animal tour.

Look at me with the llama
Look at me with the llama

Mother harassing the peacock
Mother harassing the peacock
Bahhhhhhhh
Bahhhhhhhh
Seals playing in the water
Seals playing in the water
Mother harassing more birds
Mother harassing more birds

Then we got to a sign. That told us where the kitties were. I mean technically there were other parts to the zoo…but kitties :3

Outside the cage
Outside the cage
They're just inviting me in with their eyes
They’re just inviting me in with their eyes
Mother is in love, Daddy, can we keep it?
Mother is in love, Daddy, can we keep it?
Even dog lovers can appreciate these wonderful creatures
Even dog lovers can appreciate these wonderful creatures
One big happy family...until we get eaten
One big happy family…until we get eaten
On the prowl
On the prowl
Baby tigers!!! EEEEEE!!!!
Baby tigers!!! EEEEEE!!!!
Licking the milk off her hands, lets just hope it doesn't think she tastes good also
Licking the milk off her hands, lets just hope it doesn’t think she tastes good also
Hey lion, how's it going? Good how about you?
Hey lion, how’s it going?
Good how about you?
EEEE!!!! Baby lion!!!!
EEEE!!!! Baby lion!!!!
Dog and cub are friends :D
Dog and cub are friends 😀

Mother would definitely say her favorite part was when a lion cub ran past and brushed against her leg. I just wish they didn’t stop me when I tried to give the lion a big hug. I mean it’s related to Aslan, right? I heard Aslan is awesome to hug. But they were a bunch of meanies. No hugging, just softly pet it. No, not too close…

But seriously can I have one of my own?

The downer to the day was I thought San Telmo market was open in the evening. Haha. Spent too much time in Cordoba. San Telmo is open during the day. AKA we missed it.

*Pats my own head* now there’s a good Tahlia.

Basically. Tigers and lions. SO CUTE. Not as soft as one would expect. I think they’d be softer in the wild with more room too run around. They also seemed quite fat and lethargic. Possibly drugged. My animal lover nature is torn into two. One: they shouldn’t be there or drugged or made fat just for tourists such as myself to touch them. But on the other hand, I GOT TO PET TIGERS AND LIONS. Life is good. (Or was good. They didn’t let me take one with me. Something about illegality and getting it through customs. I told them it could work but they wouldn’t have it.)

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