Bathroom Gecko

This may be the cutest (truth alert – smallest; it’s no cuter than the others) gecko I’ve encountered in my nearly two weeks in Colombia.

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Now, to go to sleep, knowing that at any moment, this guy could climb into bed with me and do heaven-knows-what.

La Iguana

Today after lunch our translators were taking us to the “iguana house,” or the place where iguanas are known to hang out, and not long after we left the cafe, voila:

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We spotted this guy climbing down from a tree. Like many of the animals on the La Javeriana campus, he spent a lot of time posing for us. If he doesn’t haunt your nightmares, you’re not doing it right.

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He even ate a flower that had fallen onto the ground from the tree where he had been climbing.

In Which I am Surprised to Find a Lizard in My Room

He was too fast for my camera, and ran behind the curtain. I was not interested in moving the curtain to find him. No, thank you.

My first day in Colombia went something like this: Afternoon/evening flight from Boston to Houston, red-eye from Houston to Bogota (pronounced Bowata, btw), – I had no problems finding the bathroom, gate, etc., even though I didn’t understand a word anyone was saying. I quickly discovered that if I said “thank you instead of si, the airport workers immediately switched to English. This was helpful at Customs. One girl helpfully wrote “Gade 6” on my boarding pass, so I wouldn’t get lost.

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Arrived in Cali about 8:50 a.m. Tuesday,  and rode for an hour to get to where I’m staying, just outside of Buga, and met up with my teacher, fellow students and translator. The only food place I saw in the airport was a Dunkin Donuts (did I accidentally fly back to Boston?), so I was glad when the people in charge of the place we’re staying kindly fed me breakfast.

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Right after breakfast, we started class. All the buildings are conveniently attached to each other by covered walkways, which came in handy during several unexpected rainstorms. Snapped some photos of flora and birds. When we finished class (which I managed to stay awake throughout, despite being awake 41 hours straight, with a couple short naps on the plane),  we drove to Buga, to see the Basilica de Buga, and walked around the streets a bit.

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The meals here are HUGE, and they bring us morning and afternoon snacks, milk/juice and coffee. The pineapple juice is excellent. The juice made out of some fruit that resembles a tomato is not. Blech.

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Then, up to the terrace – they call it a “salon” (a meeting room with open windows) for beer and chitchat, and then to bed.

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I’ve been warned the lizards are very comfortable in the showers here. I tried to prepare myself for the eventuality of seeing one, so I don’t let out the startled scream that’s sure to send everyone running. You’ll be happy to know that when I spotted one on the wall near my window this afternoon, my reaction was to grab the camera, and not to scream. Image

The room is a  little warm, and it’s humid here, though it’s been cool enough, and there’s a breeze. The mosquitoes are quite healthy and hungry.

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