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This inviting spot at San Diego’s Safari Park is located in the World Gardens section of the zoo.  It’s far away from the crowds and tourist monkeys scampering all over the more popular attractions and Kongo likes to sit on a little bench under a big pine tree there and listen to the birds.  He thinks this is a good image to add to Ailsa’s “Inviting” travel theme this week.

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So the monkey has been really busy.  As in crashing on one major proposal after another, sweating in those 18-hour days, composing hundred-page attachments and losing his eyesight in spreadsheets with dozens upon dozens of linked tabs.  Some of you know how that goes.  Anyway, last month Kongo got a new birthday camera but hasn’t had that much time to play with it.  This past week, with Mrs. Kongo back in Boston playing with the new granddaughter (her name is Persephone, BTW) Kongo put the computer in sleep mode and went out to spend a few hours at sunset.  The image above is the San Diego skyline from the lawn next to Peohe’s in Coronado.

_MG_7088This week Ailsa theme challenges us with travel merchandise and Kongo immediately thought of all the junk, uh…I mean of course souvenirs hand crafted by indigenous artisans in local villages high in the Andes…that he came across during a recent trip to Peru and Machu Pichu.  The markets were teeming with all kinds of stuff like the cloth and dolls above and the bull below which is a symbol of fertility in the Andes mountains.