Worse week ever!!!!

Trip Start Jan 17, 2007
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Trip End Feb 23, 2009


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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Well, firstly I have to apologize; no more pictures. On Monday evening around 1:00am I woke up to some guy in my apartment. I screamed louder and more terrified than ever before and chased him out. When he jumped the fence I managed to grab his arm and tried to pull him up, it must have been all the adrenaline because I was able to pull him in mid air with one arm. At this point I did not know what he had taken, even if he had taken anything. Then I realized as I was holding this guy dangling from my balcony that I really just wanted him gone, and I let go. I ran back in my room and realized like an idiot, I left my keys in my door.

Know from time to time I am sure we all have accidentally left our doors unlocked, keys in the door, car running while going to Wells Fargo for like a half an hour and what have you. But gees how stupid on my part. Did I mention I also live in a gated apartment community? The gate was locked but this smart thief scaled the wall amongst the barb wire. And ironically you can not tell if my keys were in the door from the street, I live in the back apartment down a little hallway.

Well, I ran into my friends apartment and cried and bugged out until the early hours of the morning. In the morning when I finally grew balls enough to return to my apartment I realized this guy had taken my camera, i-pod, flash drive, wallet and cell phone :( But I am safe, still scared but living, living, breathing and very lucky that this guy was much more interested in my valuables, then my "valuables." Anyways, I am still sleeping at other peoples houses, not yet feeling comfy in my own home. I have installed dead bolts in both of my doors, but like my boss so eloquently said, "It probably won´t happen again if my dumb ass doesn´t leave my keys in the door."

To top it all off, and to add to another one of my biggest fears, (First one being strange man in my bedroom while I am sleeping) There was a enormous TARANTULA in my classroom first thing the next morning. A Dios mio. I was so scared and tired and insane I cried in front of 15 second graders. Then another teacher came in and captured it leaving behind one of the tarantulas legs, which still preceded to move across the floor unbeknown to me, until it touched my toe. Creating a brand new hysteria of tears. When it rains, it pours!!!

My insurance does not cover my camera, no more music on the bus, all my grading sheets and school stuff was saved on my flash drive and a $175 cancellation fee on my phone. But again I am alive and well!! And thanking god.  I still love it here!?!
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kaseyflavin
kaseyflavin on

WOW!
Ok, I'm glad you're safe and sound, but jesus Liz! What the hell were you thinking chasing a bandit!!?? I have to give it to you though, if that were me, I'd likely be on the next plane outta there! So did you call the police or anything?
It's good you still love it there and I love you! And I miss the hell out of you!

sarsandmatt
sarsandmatt on

You gotta laugh, right?
Hey, I read all of your upadates, they're so entertaining. I am relieved to hear that you are still alive and loving it, no matter what the Ticos throw at you! Do you know your mailing address yet? Send it to me when you get a chance. Cuidate, bonita! I miss you tons.

enp
enp on

what an adventure!
Wow Liz, it sounds like you are having quite a chaotic time, but coping well! I will really miss the photos, we'll have to work on getting you a new camera! Take care of yourself and enjoy all the good stuff. Miss you.

ellen

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