Frogs, Ghosts, and Friendly Hosts
Just kidding, it’s really not that bad. But one thing you must remember when deciding Costa Rica is the bugs. The trick is to make friends with them.
If you read the field guide, you’ll see the living conditions described as ‘basic’. This for me is an understatement; we have wifi all the time. I came away expecting to spend less time connected to home, but I am checking facebook a whole lot more. I haven’t watched as many pointless vines in the last year, as i have in the last 2 months; Also Instagram is a massive thing, there is an incentive of a free smoothie! Everyone is furiously posting their best pictures of project. #gviquepos @gvitravel
However, what does remain quite basic is the sewage system, only in the sense that it is not very high tech. The water runs through short drain pipes straight from the tap to outside the house, where we’ve got a half-pipe tunnel system going on. This exciting network is home to some of my best friends in the house! These friends are here for me at the worst of times, from going to the toilet in the middle of the night to cleaning behind the bins. They’re always there waiting patiently to make me jump, like they’re part of some scare-cam community on Facebook. They’re not though, because they can’t work a camera… Because they’re frogs.
We love the frogs that hop in and around the house, making themselves at home, cheeky fellas. We’ve ensured they feel welcome, by giving them names. There’s Gorge, who’s the size of your hand, Greg is a little minx, Graham’s the more elusive one of the bunch, he’s a little smaller than the others but a whole lot more mysterious. Gonzalo we see around a lot and, the latest frog of the family, Gracie. She’s definitely a girl because her skins more pale, she has longer legs and was definitely pouting in the photo.
There are however many mosquitos that are not welcome at all, never name the mosquitos, they don’t deserve it. The geckos are cool too but they’re very shy. They don’t stick around long enough for a conversation so I tend to leave them to their things. They like to hide and squeak a little bit, then wiggle across a wall to a new hiding spot where they squeak a little bit more.
Finally we have a scapegoat in the house too. This is a ghost of a little girl whose photo is on the wall of the house whom we’ve named Edwina. The first time she was sighted she was in the resource room playing merrily amongst the colorful paper and giggling to herself. Then, reportedly, she was spotted in the reflection of the mirror running across the hallway. Then strange things began to happen, like keys going missing, fans being turned off and window panes being broken. Her worst habit is to drink half a cup of water from every cup in the house, in every spot in the house, and then leaves it there, without washing it up. It quickly became a solid five minute discussion in house meeting. Eventually we decided that any inexplicable occurrence in the house is always the fault of Edwina.
Edwina does have some pretty bad habits, but I am pretty sure I don’t believe in ghosts. As you may have gathered Edwina is merely the person to blame when someone doesn’t own up to their household habits. She’s that someone mentioned in the house meeting who forgot to take out the bins. Or the ‘someone’ who left the mosquito net open, or didn’t turn the lights off. Ghost or no ghost she’s a great help when trying to avoid pointing fingers or having to own up to bad habits.
So, in preparation for a trip to the GVI house in Quepos, I’d advise you to learn to love your fellow inhuman housemates as well as the more human ones. Getting along with people is a great help to enjoying your time here, but, to really thrive in this environment, learn to welcome your unwelcome guests.