on travel, thoughts, and the art of short fiction

The Bugs Are Everywhere!

In Mozambique on February 29, 2008 at 11:58 pm

RED ALERT:
It’s gigantic hairy spider season!
Really!!

They congregate in our outdoor bathroom hut. Everytime I have to go to the bathroom (usually at night) I see them. Tarantulas, and giant stick-like spiders. It’s horrifying. I just don’t know what to say. I seriously have bathroom-a-phobia. I’m probably going to get a bladder infection because now, I won’t even go to the bathroom after dark. My only saving grace is if I am in town or at the beach and I can use one of the nice bathrooms at a restaurant.
Not only are there spiders but there are enormous flying cockroaches/waterbugs whatever you want to call them, they are there and they fly at you.

To further complicate matters, I have a huge hornets nest outside of my window and everyday there are hornets in my room. Only my room. I hate it. I absolutely abhor this situation. I loathe…with a capitol L! I can’t get a moments peace from the bugs. I keep coaxing my poor teenage neighbor Bellview to kill my hornets with a broom. I do this in exchange for 30 minute English lessons. Yes, my desperation has gotten to this point, I am bartering English for extermination services.

Today, we had an assembly as we do every Friday morning. It was horrible. The assembly is in a large hut and hornets were flying in through the open windows. There were like ten hornets dancing in front of my face. It took every inch of restraint in my body not to scream or twitch. I did twitch though. The students were singing the Mozambican national anthem (which is the longest anthem, I am convinced in the world) and I was twitching and batting away bees.

I just don’t know…

Anyhow, I am almost finished with my first full week at work. Our week-day is Monday through Saturday.
Things have gotten better. I substitute taught for one of the teachers yesterday. I taught an English class where we learned about domestic vs. wild animals. I taught the students “Old MacDonald Had A Farm” and they really got into it and I encouraged them to use the same song with their young students that they will be teaching as a way to introduce domestic farm animals.
It looks like I may, if I’m lucky get my own English class next week.

I have a presentation to give about myself tonight in Portuguese. I’m so nervous to speak in Portuguese about myself for 30 minutes. I keep confusing my verb tenses and my conjugation is skewed. I’ve got the basic vocabulary but everything else is tragic.

Well I’ve got to go, it’s lunch time. Fish heads and rice today.

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