A new home away from home

Trip Start Sep 06, 2008
Trip End Nov 25, 2008

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Hello all,

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.  I have my own fridge and the bathroom is much better (a shower over my head - amazing!!)  I visit my old family everyday, and they were really supportive of my decision to change location.  Anyway, I thought you might be interested to see my new digs, so here they are!

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.  I also discovered that I can sort of jump-fly as well.  I got my hairbrush and started trying to hit it, but it kept scurrying up and down the walls and was too fast for me to get it.  I did chase it into the garbage can, so I started smashing my brush in there, thinking I had finally killed the thing - but no, it jumped/flew out of there and started crawling around like crazy again! 
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.  2 hours later when I came back, I found the bloody thing sitting on the little bed in the living room.  I must have startled it, because it crawled under the pillow - so I knew that this was the deciding moment...either I would win and he would die, or he would win and I would be forever paranoid of the attack of the killer cockroach.  So, I grabbed my brush, counted to three, threw back the pillow and started wailing on the bug.  And he didn't die!!  He finally did stop moving, but I didn't squish him - his outside was so hard and crunchy!  Oh, I forgot to mention that I was talking to my brother-in-law Scott on the phone while this attack was going on...and he was dying with laughter on the other end of the phone, listening to me screaming at the top of my lungs as I was smashing the bug!  I am sure that my new family thinks I'm a raving lunatic, as I was screaming in the night chasing it around the house, and then screaming again as I was trying to kill it!  In the end, I was victorious, and I picked him up with some paper towel and threw him as far away outside as I could. 
Since then, I have been relatively bug-free, and I plan on keeping it that way! 
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gluke on

Hello from Cole Harbour
Heather , thanks for the updates. Life sounds different and challenging to say the least. Good for you. The cockroach story had me chuckling as I have an almost identical story with one from Bermuda. I actually coated him in white RAID only to see his prints the next mornig across the carpet... still gives me the heebie jeebies.
What does your daily schedule lok like,class size, curriculum etc.
Take care and keep posting!!


nscaper on

Yuck Cockroaches. I have to say I have never seen one of those! And that I'd probably have just as much fun killing it as you did!!
I've been reading your blogs and I love hearing about the differences and what it's really like there! I hope you are having a blast! I'm looking forward to reading more!

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