You can take the girl out of the city…

I’m a city girl. My husband and I live right in downtown Toronto. I’m used to a fast-paced lifestyle where I can step out of my condo anytime and grab a coffee, go for dinner, meet friends for cocktails or get on the subway. And the only wildlife I come in contact with is the neighborhood dogs. Living on a farm in Colombia is a bit different, and I’ve had a few experiences lately that reminded me of one of my favourite SATC episodes:

My husband has heard me scream like that a few times out here, and I would be happy to see a squirrel at this point. Last night I went to grab for my floss on the windowsill and there was a cockroach right next to it! Apparently they are common here; they call them “cucarachas.” There’s even been a song written about it: “La Cucaracha, La Cucaracha…lalalalalalala.” This morning I woke up to a bird flying around the kitchen – “scream!”

Last weekend we drove 2 hours South to a vacation villa in the mountains. It was beautiful. I woke up in the morning excited for a day of tanning by the pool. Our bedroom had a cute little on-suite. I went in to use the facilities, when I realized there was a frog in the toilet! Yes, in the toilet. And it was not one of the cute little green frogs that I’m used to; it was big & white with really big eyes. I screamed, and slammed the toilet seat down. Imagine I had sat down not realizing it was there?

After a day of relaxing by the pool I had gotten over the ordeal, and went up to wash my face and get ready for bed. I shouldn’t have let my guard down – the frog was sitting on the counter! “Scream!” I don’t know what was worse – the frog being on the counter next to my Neutrogena face wash, or the fact that it somehow escaped from the toilet even though the lid was closed.

Despite the ordeal; this is the view we woke up to…

I guess the crazy critters are a trade-off.

I’m slowly getting used to the slower pace of life, and the critters on the farm, but tonight my husband and I are going to cook my Roasted Cherry Tomato pasta, and shake up some Cosmopolitans. Even though I sometimes find myself imitating the cows mooing; you can’t take the city out of the girl.

PS. My husband is the best – killing cucarachas, catching frogs, chasing birds out of the house…


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10 Responses to You can take the girl out of the city…

  1. John Follett January 13, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Thanks Lauren – I’m enjoying your blog and the stories of your new adventures!

    • Lauren January 13, 2012 at 9:40 am #

      Thanks John – that’s great to hear!

  2. Carole Coyle January 13, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Hello Lauren;

    John sharred your blog with me. sounds like a wonderful experience! so many things to see a do ENJOY!!!!

    hugs Carole Coyle

    • Lauren January 17, 2012 at 9:29 am #

      Thanks Carol! It’s been a great experience so far – we are really enjoying it!

  3. Sara January 13, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Loving the pics and the updates!!!

  4. mom January 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    …..but you can’t take the city out of the girl !!! Love you. xoxo

  5. Chelsea January 16, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    This is amazing Lauren- it looks like such a great place and sounds like you guys are having a great adventure. I miss you both and love reading about what you are doing. Keep it coming 🙂 xoxo

    • Lauren January 17, 2012 at 9:28 am #

      Thanks sis! xoxo

  6. Cynthia January 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Hi Loauren, we are enjoying your antics very much. keep it coming! It is especially nice to see you both I pictures as we ae lonesome. You ae a great writer. Much love Fisher, John and


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