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Geckos, Spiders, and Rats, Oh My!

Geckos, spiders, and rats, oh my. Geckos, spiders, and rats, oh my. Yep, we’ve seen and now lived with all of them.

Each house we lived in in Costa Rica has its good points and bad points. Some times the good outweigh the bad. Then there are times when bad points are too much to deal with. Even in Costa Rica.

I was ready for bugs and various wildlife here in the jungle and beaches of this beautiful country. What I wasn’t ready for was rats. Rats in the ceilings and walls. Seemingly having bowling or wrestling tournaments late at night and in the wee hours of the morning.

Our first house was basic. It was clean and simple. The things we missed having were a table for four to sit at and a decent couch. We had screens on 98 percent of the windows. This kept out the mosquitoes. The geckos dealt with the rest. The appliances worked and we had fans to combat the heat. We could take cool showers which helped with the crazy heat. An additional fan, a table for four, and a better couch would have made life nicer but all in all the apartment in Sàmara did all it needed to do without making us too comfortable or too uncomfortable.

Our second house was site unseen and not recommended by anyone familiar. This house in pictures looked good. Unfortunately the pictures were about 15 years old and the old girl was showing her age. The yellow house in Sarchi needed more than a coat of paint. It needed some general repair work. Holes filled. Bits replaced here and there. And paint. It definitely needed a coat of paint. Even though it was a good price, it wasn’t that good a price for all the little things that needed fixed. I’m pretty sure the additional residents were not included in this price either. The rats made their presence known within 48 hours. I was not happy. I’d seen evidence that they were around but I hadn’t heard nor seen them for the first 48. Then it was like “Animal House” with a fraternity of rats partying all night in our ceiling and our walls.

Our current house is awesome but not perfect. We have a/c and hot water. Woohoo. It’s pure luxury in comparison to the other two. We don’t use the a/c or much hot water but it’s nice to have it. It’s big enough for the four of us and 300 meters from the beach. There’s not a lot of amenities close by but we’re dealing with it. Playa Flamingo, the next beach over, is gorgeous.
We’ve seen geckos, spiders, crabs, birds, howler monkeys, praying mantis, scorpions. You know the normal stuff. Welcome to Costa Rica.

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