A new home away from home
Trip Start Sep 06, 2008
19Trip End Nov 25, 2008
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It has been a little while since I last posted, but my internet access is quite spotty at the best of times! Things have been busy lately with work and activities with my new Rotary friends, and I moved at the start of October. At the end of September, I was told about a place that is more like an apartment, with another family that has hosted Canadians before. I went to see it, and immediately liked it, and decided that it would make sense to go there, as it is closer to the bus stop, the Rotary meetings, and the neighbourhood where I run every morning. The family is very nice too, and they cook and clean for me, and are very helpful. My old family was great too, but this new place is more private, I have my own keys, and its upstairs so I get more of a breeze!
Anyway, I've been there for 9 days now, and I do like it
As you can see, it's nice and bright, and there are lots of windows, which gives me a great cross-breeze (when there is a breeze, of course). The only thing I don't like about it is that there is NO place for storage - of anything! There were not even any tables to put things on, so I had to track down a few little things so that I could stack some of my clothes, have a place for a lamp and my computer, a place to put my toiletries, etc. The clothes that I use less often I have under the bed in a duffel bag, and I pull it out when I need to. It's not ideal, but it will do in a pinch!
I also really like the view that I have. I am behind the high school in Consuelo, so there is a large green field, and I can see them playing basketball or practicing for graduation at night (graduation is in December here).
There is one unpleasant experience that I have had since coming to this new spot. The apartment had been vacant for a few months, so there had been no lights on in there, etc. for a while. On my first night, I went into the bathroom in the middle of the night, and noticed a large brown crusty-looking insect on the wall. I didn't know what it was, but I thought I would get rid of it after I brushed my teeth - but when I looked back a minute later...it was now on the back of the toilet. It had moved fast! I looked at it for a minute, and then watch it move at lightning speed - which REALLY freaked me out
At this point, my anxiety was starting to mount, and then it crawled from the bathroom into my bedroom, and went behind the fridge. I was kind of freaking out at this point, because I was terrified that it would be crawling all over me when I was sleeping. I shook the fridge but it didn't come out...and I couldn't believe that a bug was having this big of an impact on me! Anyway, terrified of being crawled on by this grotesque beast of an insect, I dove under my mosquito netting and slept with the light on - as he seemed to not like the light. As I was lying there (yes, who am I kidding - I didn't sleep a wink that night!), I was picturing this bug in my mind, and I realized that it was probably a cockroach. I had never seen one in real life before, but it seemed that that's what it was - which made me even more disgusted - I felt like it was on me!!
Anyway, the next day, I was fed up with a bug controlling my life, so I mopped and wiped the place down, went out and bought a huge can of flying insect Raid, closed all the windows, and sprayed the rooms like crazy
Since then, I have been relatively bug-free, and I plan on keeping it that way!