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…