Archive for ‘May, 2012’

Going, going, gone …. Goodbye Nashville!

I had a great time in Nashville. I will miss the town, and I will miss the many animals at the zoo (as the Lynx cub, the small Tamandua and the little Clouded Leopard in the picture); but most of all the good friends I made over the last few years.

Thanks again for everything. I will miss all of you in South Africa and hope that many of you will be able to visit me there.

Christian

PS: I will continue to blog regularly from my new home. So look out for those wild blogs from the African bush 🙂

Correction and Reminder!

Correction

Sorry I  made a mistake in the last post, I will be at the Nashville Zoo for the last time on Sunday May 27, not on May 28.

For the full message go to https://christiansperka.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/countdown/

Reminder

Just as a reminder, I will sell all my belonging which I will not take to South Africa on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.

For the full message go to https://christiansperka.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/packed-and-sale/

 

 

 

Countdown …

Pictures: Clouded Leopard at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere and Asiatic Lion at the Zurich Zoo

The countdown is running. I have ten more days in the USA and then I will spend five days in Germany and Switzerland before I depart (one way 🙂 to South Africa.

Now I am very busy with packing and getting everything ready, so unfortunately I have very little time left for goodbye lunches and dinners.

But I thought that there is no better place to say goodbye than at the zoos in Nashville and in Zurich/Switzerland. So for anyone of you would like to see me before I leave to South Africa …

… I will be at the Nashville Zoo on Sunday, May 27 in the morning and I will have lunch in the Zoofari Cafe at 11:00am. I would be great to see some of you at the zoo. To track me down at the zoo just call 347 819 3030 once you are at the zoo.

… I will be at the Zurich Zoo on Friday, June 1 in the morning and I will have lunch at the Masola Hall Restaurant at 11:00am. It would be great to see some of you at the zoo. To track me down at the zoo just call +41 79 793 9393 once you are at the zoo.

And if I do not see you again before I leave then  I hope to see in South Africa sometime soon 🙂

Thanks and all the best – Christian

Packed! and Sale!

DIRECTIONS to the SALE : from the corner of Nolensville and Old Hickory go south on Nolensville for about 1 mile. After you see the PIE IN THE SKY restaurant on the left turn left at the next traffic light (this Lenox Village Drive)
Then turn right into the parking garage of 6900 Lenox Village Drive and drive one floor up (this is considered level 3). Park your car in one of the 2 hour places on the west side of the parking. Enter the building (on the south side). This is the block with my apartment and your are on the correct level. Go to apartment 320. If you have problems finding it give me  a call (347 819 3030).

Some of you have asked what I will take to South Africa and what I will do with all the things I cannot take with me. Here are the answers:

By Sea

This is a picture of the Pelican cases with all my stuff, to be sent by sea to South Africa. They will arrive a few weeks after I will have arrived at Thanda.

By Air

This is a picture of the four cases and the bag which will travel with me on the planes first to Switzerland and then from there to South Africa.

Sales and Giveaway

I will only take my cameras, computers, clothes and a few other personal items to South Africa. Everything else has to go!

So here is the procedure how I will get rid of my belongings:

Where: My apartment at 6900 Lenox Village Drive – Unit 320, Nashville, TN, 37211, Phone 347 819 3030

DIRECTIONS to the SALE : from the corner of Nolensville and Old Hickory go south on Nolensville for about 1 mile. After you see the PIE IN THE SKY restaurant on the left turn left at the next traffic light (this Lenox Village Drive)
Then turn right into the parking garage of 6900 Lenox Village Drive and drive one floor up (this is considered level 3). Park your car in one of the 2 hour places on the west side of the parking. Enter the building (on the south side). This is the block with my apartment and your are on the correct level. Go to apartment 320. If you have problems finding it give me  a call (347 819 3030).

When: From May 22 to May 24 from 3pm to 7pm

Open House Sale – Day 1 and Day 2
Tuesday May 22, 2012 and Wednesday May 23, 2012
On these two days I will sell all items in my apartment. All sales are cash and carry! (Any purchased item must be taken away on the day of the sale).

Open House Give Away – Day 3 
Thursday May 24, 2012
On this day all remaining items (not sold on day 1 or 2) are giveaways. You may pick them up any time between 3pm and 7pm

Goodwill – Day 4
Friday May 25, 2012
All items not gone by then will be moved to goodwill on this day. And then I am ready to leave 🙂

What items are for sales:
– Computers
– Screen
– TV
– Blu-ray player
– Surround sound system
– Tables
– My famous wooden cubes (large and small)
– Briefcase
– Printer
– Speakers
– Cabinets
– Bed
– Plastic containers all sizes
– Glasses
– Plates
– Cutlery
– Lamps
– Books
– Clocks
– Clothes
– Shoes
– Safe

… and many other items …

Note: Unfortunately I have no time for previews and answers to questions about the sales items. If you are interested you have to come and see yourself.

Looking forward to seeing you at the sale 🙂

Picture(s) of the Week 20 – Playing Rough!

These little Asian Elephants were playing rough today at the Hannover Zoo in Germany.

I took these pictures today at one of the best zoos I have ever seen. It is actually more a perfectly made theme park with animals than a zoo. It is not surprising that it has more than 1.6 million visitors per year.

Yesterday we have been at the Burger’s Zoo in the The Netherlands, another one of the leading zoos in Europe and tomorrow we will be at the Leipzig Zoo in Germany.

Enjoy the picture!

PS: I will be back in the USA next Thursday evening.

Picture of the Week 19 – European Zoo Trip

This weeks picture is of a Pallas’s Cat (or Manul). The picture was taken at the Zürich Zoo in Switzerland.

European Zoo Trip

Tomorrow I will be leaving for a trip to three European zoos. First to the Burger’s Zoo in Arnhem in The Netherlands and then to the Zoos in Hannover and Leipzig in Germany.

I will be back in the USA on Thursday May 17. If I get a chance I will post some images while I am in Europe!

More about Pallas’s cat:

Pallas’s Cat (Otocolobus manul), also called the Manul, is a small wild cat having a broad but patchy distribution in Central Asia. The species was named after the German naturalist Peter Simon Pallas, who first described the species in 1776 under the binomial Felis manul.

Pallas’s Cats are about the size of a domestic cats. They are solitary and territorial. They spend the day in caves, rock crevices, or marmot burrows, and emerge in the late afternoon to begin hunting. They are not fast runners, and hunt primarily by ambush or stalking. They feed largely on diurnally active prey species such as gerbils, pikas, voles and Chukar partridges.