A Review of the Copenhagen Zoo

You know what I hate about the Copenhagen Zoo? Nothing, it was a delightful experience.

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I always felt like I was spoiled with zoos and museums growing up, having access to the Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural History. Obviously they’ll be outclassed by the San Diego Zoo and the Smithsonian, but I wasn’t expecting the Copenhagen Zoo to be any better than Houston’s. Heck, I was expecting a repeat of the Central Park Zoo, which I remember having very small enclosures (it’s in the middle of a city) and even inaccurate informational posters. 

One of the indoor elephant enclosures

But even though the Copenhagen Zoo is in Denmark’s capital, the exhibits were absolutely enormous. The Zoo only has 27 acres of land (compared to Houston’s 55 and San Diego’s 100), but the enclosures for any given animal seemed about three times the size of Houston’s. No animals were pacing except for the wolves (granted, it’s difficult to give wolves enough space). The polar bear had five separate enclosures, not including the water sections. Even the tiny red panda and Capuchins had two different exhibits they could walk between, using mesh tubes that spanned overhead. And the elephants? Jesus Christ. Not only did they have the usual large outdoor sandlot, but they also had three separate indoor enclosures (though one was exclusively for the bull elephant). 

And it really seemed to show. The animals all seemed a lot happier and more active — not to mention fertile, as there was hardly an exhibit without babies. The macaques, elephants, giraffes, hippos, Capuchins, and bears all had offspring following them around.  … More A Review of the Copenhagen Zoo

The Flood Thieves Chapter 6.5: The Fields of Innocence

The Janpee stepped atop the Chakana, his sandals making dull thuds against the marble as he climbed to the top tier. He placed a red bead on each semicircle around the hollow square. They began to glow with the fading light, and suddenly the green splotches of the marble began to glow bright as fire. Once the tablets were all glowing orange, the Janpee collected the beads and threw them into the hollow center. He stepped down, and indicated for the four to ascend.

Patcha and Kooteeck followed Mawnco and Areesee’s lead, quickly climbing the slippery, but surprisingly lukewarm, tiers. Patcha gasped at the top when she saw that the hollow center now swirled with orange mist, like the silt of a fiery river. Areesee, without hesitation, dropped down into the mist, and disappeared. There was no sound to indicate a person hitting any sort of ground. Patcha felt her stomach clench. There was no sign of her at all. She had never seen magic of this sort in all her life, nor heard tales of it. … More The Flood Thieves Chapter 6.5: The Fields of Innocence

A Freshman’s Exhaustive Guide to UT Austin — 2019 Edition

Table of Contents:
Resources
-Electronics Resources
-Recreation
-Free for Students
-Libraries
-Other
Try to Avoid
-Crime
-Other
Food
-Everyday Food
-Eating Out
–Meals
–Dessert
Cultural References and History
-General
-Violence
Art Installations
-Statues
-Other Art
Things to do around Austin
-Touristy Stuff
-Nightlife
-Daylife
Housing
-Dorms
-Common Off-Campus Housing
Jobs
A Virtual Tour
Logistics, Admissions, and Tuition
-Admissions
-Tuition
-Other Logistics
Tips … More A Freshman’s Exhaustive Guide to UT Austin — 2019 Edition

Take the Red Pill: The Truth Behind the Biology of Sex

via Take the Red Pill: The Truth Behind the Biology of Sex Very educational discussion on biological sex discussions! Once again, biology that is interpreted differently by different cultures. It makes you think: is the concept of “sex” biological if that concept don’t match up to biological reality? Does sex become a social construct because … More Take the Red Pill: The Truth Behind the Biology of Sex

Danish Food Review #3 – International Foods

We leave the “local junk food” section and enter the international section. Many people look down on eating international foods when vacationing in other countries, but the fact of the matter is that modern Danes are just as connected to the international market as the rest of us are. Not only that, but I’ve found that every country puts its own personal spin on international cuisine, which can inform you just as much about the local culture as the foods they’ve been eating for hundreds of years. Fast food restaurants were turned into lavish cafes; burgers can turn into “freshly ground beef” or “all vegetarian” with equal likelihood; Thai food loses its spice and frozen popsicles take on flavors of local berries; ice cream becomes topped with licorice and pancakes become more like thin-crusted pizzas. You never quite know what you’re going to get when worlds collide… … More Danish Food Review #3 – International Foods

Danish Food Review #2 – Sweets

Now we’re getting into the candy section! Denmark is flooded with American candies like Skittles and Twix, and with German sweets like Kinder eggs and Haribo gummies, but several Danish sweets are very common — and working hard to earn them a place in the top three happiest countries on the planet. How well are those sweets working?

Pretty darn well. … More Danish Food Review #2 – Sweets

Danish Food Review #1 – Traditional Dishes

This will be news to most of you, but my dad recently moved to Denmark for his work, which means I’m going to be spending a lot of time with the Danes! For New Years 2019, I spent two weeks in Lyngby — a small town just north of Copenhagen. Which means I had plenty of time to try traditional Danish foods, as well as the Danish incarnations of many American and International foods… … More Danish Food Review #1 – Traditional Dishes

Everything You Need to Know to Understand Hamilton, the Latest Broadway Sensation

Originally published 9/23/2016. Lead image via Wikipedia. Everything You Need to Know to Understand Hamilton’s Success, and Why People Love It Six months ago, I was at a history club meeting when a girl walked in and started playing a song on her phone. She said it was performed by King George III. She and … More Everything You Need to Know to Understand Hamilton, the Latest Broadway Sensation