Living in the Wild

I love living here at my house.  My friends tell me that I live in the jungle.  Mind you, these are friends who also live in Tamarindo but since I live just outside of town in a Zona Verde, they say I live in the jungle.

My list of wildlife seems to be never ending of what I see here.  Just the other day, I saw several Halloween crabs.  I don’t know where they’ve been for the last few weeks but I hadn’t seen them before.

Unfortunately, one of them has already fallen in the pool.  And they’re land crabs, not water crabs, so by the time I found him, he was already gone.

In the last month, here’s all that I’ve seen from my kitchen, my hammock, my bedroom and the pool…

  • Dragonflies
  • Butterflies
  • Many species of birds
  • Monkeys
  • Halloween crabs
  • Garrobos
  • Iguanas
  • Centipedes (or millipedes? I don’t know how to tell the difference!)
  • Caterpillars
  • raccoons (I haven’t seen them but I know they’re around)

And of course, those things that you don’t really want to see: spiders, termites, wasps, scorpions, flying beetles and ants.  There are lots of ants and termites here.  The ants are so bizarre.  Every morning, there are about 15 of them on my kitchen counter – sleeping.  No joke.  They’re not dead.  They’re asleep.  I guess they got tired of trying to look for food.  And the termites have been really interesting to watch.  They build these strange tunnels outside that seem to go nowhere.  And they’re much larger than I imagined.  Of course, all insects are bigger here in the tropics.

It’s so amazing living here.  I’m captivated in every moment.  From the time the howlers and birds wake me up in the morning and I can look out my sliding glass door in my bedroom (which has no curtains), I’m seeing nature exist, change, be. I even got a video of a halloween crab eating a centipede!

Even though I’m now 250 meters from the beach, I can still hear the waves crashing on the shore, especially at night when its high tide.  After the crickets have quieted down, the waves lull me to sleep.

Pura vida…Chrissy