We weren’t kidding about the frequency of fireworks here. Here are some of last night’s, the occasion of which was uncertain: maybe they were because no alcohol can be sold this weekend because there’s (ostensibly) an election next weekend and people need something to do; or maybe because Chinese New Year is at the end of the month. Either is a good enough excuse.
One of the saddest of American assumptions is that fireworks are for once a year, the Fourth of July. This is a terrible mistake. Everybody could really be having fantastic fireworks every single night. These ones, as far as we can tell, seem to be celebrating the fact that it’s Sunday night.
(One might imagine that in a city full of protests, some of which have been attracting thrown grenades lately, there might be some hesitation about setting off loud explosions. No.)
The ongoing protests have maybe been obscuring what this blog is really about, which is of course monitor lizards. The protesters have given up their senseless occupation of the zoo, so on Thursday we went to see how things were there: much the same as ever.
And this time we saw Angkor Wat, which turns out to be overrun with chickens:
Also it was much smaller than we had been lead to believe.