台北動物園之旅 / Trip to Taipei Zoo

我最後一次去看指南宮已經很長一段時間了。所以,在 2015 年 5 月 14 日 我和孟語謙(兩個同學沒來), 計劃去看看指南宮。最簡單和最舒適的方式就是搭捷運到台北市立動物園,然後坐貓空纜車。但是,當我們走出台北市立動物園的捷運站, 我們看到一個標誌說,5 月 14 日至 19 貓空纜車正在維修。

回到台北火車站,然後搭公共汽車到指南宮有一點來不及了。因為我很久也沒有參觀動物園了而畢竟我們已在台北動物園了乾脆就參觀動物園吧。

我很驚訝因為我是免費的進入動物園。65 歲及以上的台灣公民和有居留證的外國人都可以免費參觀動物園。

已經大約 11:20 而沒有看到動物園外的任何餐館,所以我們在動物園內找吃的。沒有想到,只找到一個飲食店,麥當勞而且排隊等待買漢堡的人很長。

我們參觀動物園時,我沒有興趣拍動物的照片,如馬,長頸鹿等。直到我們到達了鳥區,看到了紅鶴我才開始拍照片。它們真的太美了! 人與鳥之間沒有柵欄使得環境很自然,很漂亮。

我們參觀動物園之後,我告訴孟語謙,我也想參觀沿捷運路線的龍山寺。這地方我也很久沒有看到了。

It has been a long time since I last visited Chinan Temple in the outskirts of Taipei. So, I and Eugene Meng (2 other students backed out) planned to visit Chinan Temple on May 14, 2015. The easiest and most comfortable way is to take the MRT to the Taipei Zoo and then take the Maokong Gondola. But when we came out of the MRT station at the Taipei Zoo, we were greeted by a sign saying that from May 14 to 19 the Maokong Gondola was under maintenance.

It is too late to go back to the Taipei Train Station and from there take a bus to Chinan Temple. So, since I have not visited the Taipei Zoo for a long time, we decided that we should spend our time in the zoo instead.

To my surprise, I got in the zoo for free. All Taiwanese citizens and foreigners with ARC who are 65 years old and above have free admission to the zoo.

It was already about 11:20 and we did not see any eateries outside the zoo, so we looked for a place to eat inside the zoo. To my dismay, there was only one eatery available, a McDonald and the line of people waiting to buy a hamburger was very long.

As we toured the zoo, I had no inclination of taking pictures of the animals, like horses, giraffes, etc. It was only when we reached the birds area and saw the flamingos that I began to take pictures. They were just so beautiful! There is no barrier between the people and the birds that make the place very beautiful and so natural.

After our tour of the zoo, I told Eugene that I would like to also visit the Lungshan Temple which is along the MRT route. It has also been a very long time since my last visit of the place.

Fr. Visminlu Vicente L. Chua, S.J. /蔡由世神父 / 2015/05/19

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