Two weeks ago, Kraettli had a second fall festival. I live in the Kraettli apartments, so I decided I had might as well go and see what it was. I didn’t go to the first one (it was about a month ago), but my roommate did, and it seems like the two festivals were pretty much the exact same, so I’m not sure why they had another one. The only difference was that the second one was supposed to be internationally oriented. The funny thing is, I don’t think it was any more or less internationally focused than the first one. There was face painting, hot chocolate and coffee, and a “petting zoo” just like the first one.
What they called a petting zoo was very odd though. They had a bunch of different reptiles in tanks that you could touch, and they also randomly had a lemur, mini (baby?) kangaroo, and a giant snake you could hold. The lemur and kangaroo were pretty cool, but pretty much all the reptiles were just things you could see and buy at a pet store. They actually had a leopard gecko in one of the tanks, which I found amusing because I actually own a leopard gecko. I have to say that they are pretty cool little creatures, but they certainly aren’t exotic or anything.
I felt really bad for the reptiles though. The event was held outside, and it was rather chilly too, but there weren’t any heat lamps on the tanks. Knowing that most of the ones there were desert reptiles, I imagine that they did not appreciate the chilly atmosphere. The poor turtle kept running into the glass trying to get out, but the rest of the reptiles were just curled up in their cages and not doing much. At least they were in the sun, so maybe the heat from the sun was able to keep their tanks warm.
All in all, I have to say that I was quite disappointed by the event. It seemed to have a pretty good turnout, but there wasn’t really anything to do except look at the animals. And the only international part about it was that almost all the people who attended were international students, which I expected would be the case considering that most people who live in Kraettli are international students. At any rate, I didn’t end up staying very long because I didn’t know anyone there, and I didn’t like being out in the cold.