Monday, October 08, 2007

In touch with nature

The week started with a bang when as I started to dry myself having come out the shower I felt something hard on my back and then seconds later felt something drop on my foot. With a little scream I looked down to find the largest cockroach I have ever seen in the world scuttling along the floor. When I say big I mean huge. Forget the small little 3 or 4 cm cockroaches you have have seen before this one was the size of a shoe and in my bathroom. I threw my town over it an pulled on my boxer short to make a quick escape. Outside my room was the cleaner who I managed to tell 'I am a biggest insect in my bathroom. I am not tranquil. Please'. Fortunately she was a lot more prepared for this than me and marched off to get a broom and dustpan and promptly threw the beast out my window. For the rest of the day I have been jumpy when things touch me and when my ID card which hangs around my neck rubbed my arm I let out a muted squeal in class.
I was told by my host family that they are not common inside and that the one in my bathroom was pretty big even for here which is comforting to know. Yesterday was the first day I dried my towel in the bathroom over the shower rain because I had a shower in the evening so the towel was damp and I guessed it would dry better in the bathroom with more space. What I had not banked on was it becoming home to this monster over the course of the evening. From now onwards I will be shaking things a lot more vigorously before use!


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