This is the blog of Mark Wordsworm, the travelling worm. I’m a 25-year-old bookmark and can proudly boast my own Hallmark serial number, 95 HBM 80-1. You’ll probably want to read all about me and my Travelling Companion (the TC).
Today’s travel notes
Me and the TC have recently returned from a trip to South Africa. While in Johannesburg, we visited the well-known Lion Park, in Honeydew. Get up close and personal with a lion, be licked by a giraffe, or chat to a meerkat.
This post is mostly about lions. But I’ll tell you a bit about Johannesburg while we’re at it. In contrast to my usual adventure-filled writings, this is a post in which a whole lot of nothing happens. But it’s attractive nothingness, with just a hint of hidden violence.
I see that the Lion Park has a celebrity wall. This worm is sure they’ll add my picture to it soon!
My impressions? Somnabulance. Slow-moving pedestrians on shimmering pavements. Umbrellas wavering in the haze of the summer heat. Barbed wire atop high walls. Electrified fences. Gorgeous shopping. Intense industry. Building, ever building. Chaotic crossroads. Hawkers. Quality and squalour. Awesome. Much inthe last few sentences describes the lions too. The giraffe is all awesome.
The book I’m in
Code to Zero, by Ken Follett. Titbits of rocket science, Soviet spies, CIA and NASA. Just want you want for a good, fast read.
If you’re going to get licked by a giraffe, have a wet wipe handy.
Me looking nonchalant, with lion looking uncomfortably interested:
I twaut I taw a puddy tat:
Sleeping lions – that’s all that happens in this video, honest:
Lions are not always dignified:
And then, that effortless dignity of the jungle king:
I was safely inside the car with the TC when she took this photo:
Safely? When a lion is just a few feet away and looking right at you, the thin metal of a car door seems a flimsy barrier.
The other denizens of the park provide some light relief:
You’ve just gotta love a face like that.
Fancy being licked by a giraffe?
The TC discovered that a giraffe’s tongue is long and slightly rough to the touch. The saliva is plentiful and sticky.
That’s all for today, dudes.