January 4, 2011

Tiergarten Hannover

Today TJ and I took a little stroll to the Tiergarten (German for Animal Garden) up the street. We've wanted to do this since we got here, but finally got around to it today...you know how things like that go. 

The Tiergarten began construction in 1678 for a Duke in Hannover who constructed it for his own personal deer hunting grounds. He died the year before it was finished. Ohh the irony.

There were not many animals to be seen since I'm sure they were off hibernating somewhere, but it was still really neat to be able to get so close to the ones that we did see. 

Wild Pig

Nice jibs!!

Free range deer

Teej and I are currently watching Slumdog Millionaire as I write this. (Yeah yeah, another one of those things that took us forever and a day to get around to!) Holy hot hell is this movie making me incredibly appreciative of the blessings in my life....and much more aware of the social and economical issues in India.

Has anyone else watched the movie before? What were your initial reactions?


  1. I haven't watched it yet... also one of those things that I haven't gotten around to! But now I have Netflix so maybe I should get on it!

  2. I love that movie- I think it's really well done and very...powerful. (Weird word to describe a movie!) At first it was really hard for me to believe that the slums actually exist in a country that's fairly industrialized, but I googled and they do. Sad. I even heard that the kids in the movie were actually found in slums (not sure if that's true or not though!) It makes you appreciate the life you have - for sure.


  3. great pics! They furry friends look very well dressed for the snow. Oh I loved that movie! Very confronting and like you , made me very appreciative of what I do have. Its such a fascinating country. Noisy, crowded, hot, vibrant. Every time i read or watch anything on the country always looks full of life!! If you ever get a chance, read a book called Holy Cow by Sarah Macdonald. She captures many of the same themes that make India a place I would love to visit one day....thanks for sharing!

  4. hahaha...he looks exactly like Pumba the warthog from the Lion King!!

  5. This little guy is too cute...so long as he stays behind the fence! :)

  6. Riley - Watch it for sure, it definitely opened my eyes a bit to the world around me!

    Crafty - Thank you for putting Holy Cow on my reading list..I can't wait to purchase my Kindle and stock it up on new reads!!

    Mrs. K - Haha, he reminded me of my Brutus ;)

    Texa - Yeah tell me about it!! There was a man the other day who told my friends husband to keep his dogs out of the fields because there are CRAZY wild boars around us who will maul the dogs over. PS I am writing back to your email I didn't forget about you :)

  7. I love the movie, though it is hard to watch multiple times knowing the kids came from the slums. The ending is so uplifting though!

  8. Yes! Except the entire time I was thinking ok they are for sure going to get hit by a train or get shot, this is too good to be true..I kept saying "Why the hell aren't they hiding!!" LOL.

  9. That furry little guy is so ugly he's cute! Glad you got out - that helps when you're missing home.

  10. HW - Yes for sure, thanks for the vent fest today :) And that ugly thing reminds me an awful lot of some 75 pound bulldog that I know quite well.

  11. I love going to a Tiergarten or to a zoo. I think it's so fun just to watch animals.

    And thank you for your lovely comment. :)


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