Tim and I took 2 weeks off this summer for a get-together with friends in the UK and some much-needed downtime from work, and on our final real vacation day, we took a trip to the Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam. I can’t remember ever having been there, since our family usually went to the Burgers Zoo in Arnhem (and I may be biased here, but that still is the best zoo in the Netherlands), but Blijdorp is an adorable, well-planned little zoo that was well worth the visit! Even though we took our time, it only took us about 3.5 hours to see all the animals, so it’s a nicely sized zoo for an afternoon visit.
I brought the camera, of course, and felt a bit self-conscious about hanging it around my neck until I saw what some people drag along in terms of equipment; their mega-sized zoom lenses and special heavy-duty tripods made me feel wholly undergeared! But also less awkward about taking pictures. Which is what I did. A lot. I took well over 250 pictures in those 3.5 hours! Don’t worry, I know how to trim down to a more bite-sized collection. Here, have some cute animals (and animal butts) to brighten your day!