So, I lounged around at the hotel room this morning until checkout time when I decided to venture out and do some exploring. I’d actually done my research and discovered that there was a bus service that went past the hotel and into South Norwalk but when I asked the hotel staff where the bus stop was and which side of the road I needed, they didn’t know.
Instead they suggested I took the hotel shuttle van which was apparently available, and so I waited, and waited, and finally it showed up what felt like about 30-40 minutes later. When it did arrive the driver was very nice and as I didn’t really know where I wanted to go he drove me through the main street pointing out some of the places of interest, including a rather nice looking bead shop before dropping me off at the aquarium.
I’m a huge sucker for fishes so I ended up spending most of the afternoon wandering around looking at scaly beasts. It wasn’t an especially great aquarium, better than the one Plymouth used to have, and worse than it’s replacement. Still, it was very interesting as it concentrated on the marine life found locally. This did mean lots of horseshoe crab though, ugh.
The special attraction was feeding time with the aquarium’s five Atlantic seals. They had four girls and a stud. Unfortunately they were supposed to be breeding but in the four years he’s been in the tank Sandy the male seal just hadn’t lived up to expectation. Apparently the seal’s breath smell like puppies and the keeper demonstrated by getting the seals to kiss her before she’d give them their dinner!
In another tank were my favourites, the otters. They were having a great time dashing about in the water and looking terribly ottery. I sat by their tank for a while watching them play.
Of course, needless to say the aquarium also featured a fearsome collection of sharks.
The best thing about my journey among the fish was that it was relatively child free. It was so great being able to take in all the fishies without getting squeezed out by yelling children. This peace and quiet was maintained until the last exhibit when I was suddenly surrounded by a throng of unruly kids that was far worse than any school trip I have ever experienced. They were accompanied by two teachers who were screaming facts and information at the top of their voices in some sort of vain attempt to get through to the brats who were paying no attention whatsoever.
At this point I hastily departed.
Aquarium visited, I had enough time to grab myself a bite to eat on the high street and browse at all the delicious looking beads in the bead shop before heading back for the hotel via taxi. The shop was quite extensive and it was a good job I thought it was all quite pricey as I’d have been tempted to buy crap else.
Am now in the car on the way back to La Guardia with Markham and Bill. I think we’re going to get a cab and head straight to Kara and Klaus’ from there. Hoorah!