Saturday, August 30, 2008

Everything is butterflies!

Well, 2 weeks of school have wrapped up here in Guanacaste and so far, so good! We are really enjoying all of our new coworkers and our new principal as well. The expat community is really thriving in this area and everyone we have met has been warm and welcoming to us. Joe has gotten to surf a lot more then he did when we were living in Escazu and I have started to take a pilates class. The warm weather (even when it rains) makes it easier to be outside and active.

We have been getting to know the wildlife here a lot more and frequently wake to the sound of howler monkeys in the trees by our house. I saw fireflies for the first time recently and it was the closest to magic I've ever come across. The butterflies in the region are abundant as well. I see butterflies of different shapes and colors every single day. It sure is something to walk out of your house and see 10 buttermilk colored creatures gliding around! There is also a toad that lives in a drain near us, and a large iguana that lives in another drain. Some of the wildlife isn't so pleasant though. There are a ton of wasps that make nests everywhere. We both found multiple nests in our classrooms while cleaning and have had to knock down a few around our house as well. The other not so pleasant creature living in our new home is scorpions. While I have only come across one very small scorpion, Joe was surprised by a scorpion perched on his shoulder about a week ago. YIKES! Another wild creature entered our lives a few weeks ago. We adopted a puppy! Her name is Isabel (EEsabel) and she was one of 3 female puppies that a little TIco family had to give up. While we haven't a clue what kind of dog she is, or even how big she will become, we sure have been enjoying her!

We are looking forward to exploring our new home even more soon!

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