Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Circus

A couple weeks ago we went to the Circus. THE CIRCUS! It seems like I went to a circus once when I was a kid, but I don't remember anything about it, so let's just say this was my first time at a circus. It was ALL of our first times.
My idea of what the circus is comes from books, movies, etc, set about a century ago. So, it felt really bizarre to be there. I kept thinking "these are real people! where do they come from? why are they in the circus?" they don't have trains anymore, everyone stays in RV's - fancy looking ones too! I felt like I'd gone back in time to see an old fashioned spectacle. There were no "freaks" (for lack of a better word), I'm sure that would be frowned upon in today's world.
All in all, it was a fun, entertaining experience for all of us. And now I'm reading the book Water for Elephants, which I didn't realize was about the circus. It was a total accident that I picked up the book AND went to the circus within a couple days of each other.
Ok, here we go:

The Big Top from outside (from in the car as we drove up)

Posing in front of the elephant tent (truck?)

Under the Big Top
Dancing ladies

It was really hard to get good pictures because of the lighting under the tent. It was mostly dark except for IN the ring, so either with or without the flash, the pics didn't look great.

Can you believe this is real? It's real. Girls sitting on posing elephants. Unbelievable.

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