Yesterday I made the family come with me for a fun day out to Expo2020. Nathan hadn't been at all, and the kids and I had so much more left to see and explore, it was time!
It turned out it was a really good day to visit the Expo. Today the tickets apparently are 10 AED only to celebrate that they have passed 10 million visitors; so I guess many people were saving this weekends visit until today? There was actually not many queues at all, we managed to visit 17 pavilions!
Sorry not sorry for the photo bomb to follow..!
We parked at the Mobility parking this time, to start our visit down that end. First up was Australia, they had a great light show in their planetarium:
Next to Australia was the Denmark pavilion, the only pavilion at the Expo which is privately financed and not supported officially by the state.
Down this part of the Expo we also found Finland:
By now we had really picked up speed, so decided to be adventurous and enter most pavilions - like Turkmenistan. Here I must say the outside was more impressive than the inside though:
Russia is one of the pavilions that have received a lot of hype, and I can understand that! Their "brain display" was really cool!
Their pavilion was designed in a cartoon style, and you have to admit their commitment to detail, even the fire extinguishing equipment was decorated in theme:
Time for Hungary:
Looking for and learning about all the different thermal spring locations in Hungary:
Don't worry - I also bathed in hand sanitizer after having "bathed" in this ball pit! Actually, I must say that since we were at Expo last time, they had really stepped up when it comes to hand sanitizing stations. They were everywhere, at entrances, exits, by displays, inside pavilions, along the streets - everywhere!
Next up Ireland, where the visit also started with a movie, like in so many other pavilions. I must say, I'm not a big fan of the movies, I prefer roaming around at my own speed. But - I enjoyed this movie a lot! Then we were led to some art, and some live Irish folk music, nice atmosphere here:
Since it was Nathans first visit, we had to go see both NZ and Sweden of course. A quick family groupie in the Swedish forest:
This famous sculpture is currently on display outside the Swedish pavilion, unveiled here on the United Nations Day on 24 October last year. This is a wood replica of the universal peace symbol the Knotted Gun, a sculpture created by the Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, outside the UN HQ in New York since 1988.
This very cool car is also on display temporarily at the Swedish pavilion. The Koenigsegg Gemera, top speed of 400 km/h and being the world's first Mega-GT.
In the NZ pavilion we took a quick break at their Tiaki Restaurant. They had a special beer on offer that Nathan wanted to try, and the rest of us had some lemonade and coffee. Most authentic flat white I've had in a while by the way!
On our last visit Linnea spotted these Aquafina bottles that you could buy, and then fill up for free on different refill stations all over the Expo. Last time they were sold out, but this time we managed to get one each. You can choose between still and sparkling water, the amount of bubbles you prefer and you can also add different flavours. Rather cool!
Another hyped pavilion that normally have massive queues is Saudi Arabia, but since today was rather quiet, we decided to give it a go. Impressive building above all, with three Guinness World Records awarded - for example for the largest interactive floor, and largest LED mirror screen display.
My new favourite pavilion is Morocco. I must say - OAW!
I loved the architecture of the building, the experience of walking down all these ramps (after having been transported up the top with an elevator), the views over the Expo site, and of course visiting differently themed rooms and exhibitions on the way - at our own speed.
I particularly enjoyed the room with Modern Moroccan art:
We also did Switzerland this time, last time the queues were ridiculous. Can you spot us in the reflection?
Inside Switzerland you had to hike through Swiss fog to get to up the top:
We decided to have our dinner at the Swiss roof top bar, hot dog for Linnea and rösti for the rest of us.
Last time we only saw the drone show at the Chinese pavilion, this time we went inside this lantern shaped pavilion, one of the largest at the Expo. China - ✅!
We also went back to Brunei so Nathan could say hi, and to Qatar, the League of the Arab States Pavilion and Uzbekistan, but apparently didn't get any photos from those.
Still so much to see and do! Can't wait for next time, but only 10,5 weeks left now, so getting a bit stressed..!