Rathjen Family

Rathjen Family
Rathjen, Party of EIGHT

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hot, Humid, Kinda Bummer Day at the Safari

We have heard how great the Safari is so we thought we would give it a shot. It was neat, the way the animals are just roaming about. We saw kangaroos, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, lions, tigers and bears, zebras, monkeys and even some pandas, to name a few. We discovered Ivor is really scared of all furry things. The kids paid 30 yuan to feed a tiger cub and when they walked in to do this, Ivor started crying out of concern for them. It was really sweet. We watched an awesome elephant show, what did not understand a word the announcer said, haha.

Now for the bummer part...

It was hotter than Haiti with 95 percent humidity. There were 20 million people there. If we paused or sat down we were surrounded by staring people taking photos and last but certainly not least Nana (my mom) had her wallet stollen right out of her purse. We were packed in a wide hallway, unorganized line trying to get to the pandas. Suddenly people really started pushing and shoving. We now believe that was a distraction while they unzipped her bag and swiped her wallet. She had about $100 US as well as all her credit cards and I.D. Not nice.

We did manage to make it back to the hotel safe and sound, praising God for that. We had a somewhat wild taxi driver. I think they all are. We ordered pizza in, got the boys bathed and they are sound asleep! It's 7:30 p.m. here. We are wearing them out. We are going to take it easy on everyone tomorrow. I will work on getting some pics up soon.

Pray for my mom if you think about it. It's nerve racking to think of your wallet floating around in dishonest hands. Not to mention the feeling of being violated when you have it stolen right off your body.




  1. Was a bummer....but as long as you are all safe I am happy...a wallet won't matter in time...
    Love and prayers ....Aunt Lee

  2. Praying for her! I am sure that was and still is very frustrating.


  3. We are finally home & settled in. I'm just now reading your blog. SO happy for all of you! They are PRECIOUS!!! Praying for you all!!

  4. I am so sorry about the stolen wallet- I would be bummed too.
    It's one of those times ya just gotta give it to God and move forward positively.

    The safari park is great BUT not in that heat and humidity.

    The best part IS - your boys are adorable and such an incredible blessing!