I have spent a lot of hours in various zoos across the world. When I was at the University, I used to go to Reid Zoo in Tucson and observe and sketch the animals. I was so grateful for those moments of solitude, as I was working crazy hours and taking usually 6, sometimes even more classes every semester. It was my escape from thinking about the war in Bosnia and uncertainties in my life at the time. All I wanted back then was for the war to be over and that my family survives. Spending time around the animals at the zoo somehow eased the suffering.