Day 145: A day out
Well, I moved. Okay, I moved over a year ago. The problem with that is I have been so busy with everything, I haven’t had a time to get out and see the sights. Sure, I’ve visited a few places, but in the terms of what this new city has to offer, I have yet to see pretty much anything outside of school. So let’s take a look at my visit the local museum of natural science!
Okay, so I lied, the first stop was the Japanese gardens. It was an interesting visit, but it was starting to rain so it was short, I did get a couple of good photos though so let’s take a look.
To be honest, from the outside it looked somewhat small, but it was much larger than some of the other gardens I’ve been to.
There were a lot of different birds hanging around, so every once and awhile you had to stop and let it cross.
And of course there were some really cool water features, I mean what’s a garden without a water feature, am I right?
Next up was the museum, it was a little bit of a walk from the garden, but it was on the way, which is why I went here first. Unfortunately I was mugged along the way…
This little shit decided to harass me for the bulk of my walk, apparently he was hungry, but I didn’t have food with me, so he was out of luck.
Here he is again much further along the path (notice the wall in the background of the first photo compared to where it is in this second one.
Once he realized I was a broke grad student, he left me alone and it was time for the museum! I would’ve invited him along, but they have a no shoes, no shirt policy. On the way in, I was greeted by Zoltar (if you are unfamiliar, might I suggest the 1988 hit movie, Big starring Tom Hanks)
Once inside I got to see some clips of the moon landing, plus I’ve never seen the moon this big before…
Then it was off to see some history, the history of the world! Which started with some fossils.
After a few million years, I got to meet this guy, which dat head tho…
Here’s another shot of this guy since he looks so happy.
Next up we got some dinos, yes I know that I’m jumping way ahead, but they are so cool!
We also have this clever girl…
Next up, everyone’s favorite dino, the Trex
Then of course we need some triboy action…
After some time, we start to see some human-like ancestors on our tour of earth history.
Wait, who took a photo of my reaction every time I log onto twitter?
That pretty much wraps up that exhibit, but wait there’s more! Before I left I wanted to visit the ancient egypt exhibit. The entrance looked pretty intimidating.
The lighting wasn’t as good as the dino exhibit, but I get it, light can be bad for some of these things. Let’s take a look at the few photos I did grab though. First is this sarcophagus.
Next was this ornately wrapped mummy head. I say ornately because it was covered in gold leaf. It was probably attached to someone at one point or another, but humans can be pretty shitty (read up on mummy unwrapping parties to see what I mean).
Lastly, you may have heard of the software Rosetta stone, but do you know where the name comes from? It’s actually taken from the actual Rosetta stone,the thing that let us decipher egyptian hieroglyphs. Ironically the inscription is rather mundane, but it was a key find and was key to understanding ancient Egyptian literature! Pretty impressive, right?
Well there you have it, sometimes it is good to get out and explore. Next week it’s back to some serious work, so it was important to get some time to get out of the house and the lab. I would hate to finish my PhD and only have been a handful of places in the city when it’s all over and I (probably) move again for my postdoc. I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I did!