Cirque du Soleil was amazing. Katie and I both enjoyed the show a great deal despite our less-than-stellar seats behind a pole. Katie was a bit dismayed that so many that the performers were dedicated to a much greater degree than many of the musicians that we know. It means that there are about ten companies of people that form Cirqui du Soleil who are all more dedicated that our musician friends. It’s hard to believe the amount of practice that must be involved in putting one of these shows together so that no one dies in executing the complex stunts that they pull.
I posted some pictures about a week or two ago from the Columbus Bontanical Garden and the Zoo. I hope to take my mom to the botanical garden at some point because it was spectacular. It’s based on an old greenhouse with many new additions to it including a rainforest, dosage a madagascar area, recuperation a butterfly garden, and even a japanese rock garden with bonsai accents. Interspersed with the many gardens was a large collection of colorful blown glass. I had to be careful taking pictures at the botanical garden because I had to save space in order to be able to take pictures at the zoo the following day.
The zoo was also much better than I expected it to be. We arrived on Wednesday, which is when the citizens of Franklin County are given free admission to the zoo. Even so, Katie and I found that the layout of the zoo made it feel as though there weren’t very may people there. It was rare that we didn’t have a good view of the animals from a shady area. Though we didn’t have sunscreen with us, we were in the shade so much of the time that neither of us turned even a little pink after spending most of the day there. Although we had great views of the animals, it was almost always through plexiglass with lots of reflections and smudges from people leaning on it. It was tremendously difficult to try and get any decent pictures of animals because I either got a distorted picture through the smudges on the glass or I got huge amounts of glare from the reflections. By the end of the day, I was wishing that I had taken more pictures at the garden and not saved so much space for the zoo.
The bottom line is that Columbus, Ohio is not the boring place that the rest of the world expects it to be. At it’s core, it’s a college town, not a state capital. It does have the funding of a state capital, however. There are many great pieces of architecture there as well as a great cultural feeling to the city. I highly recommend spending a little time there if you haven’t already.