Getting Cocky

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After two weeks of house-sitting in Bocas, we pretty much had it figured out.

“It’s funny how quickly i’ve gotten used to just grabbing beetles out of the sink and tossing them outside” I blithely called out to Tom this morning, while chucking the pinto bean-sized bug out the window.

Docking has become a breeze, my flower arrangements from the grounds have gotten more artful, the dogs come when they are called, I don’t even skip a beat when typing on the computer and a clumsy gecko falls on my head from the rafters above – yep we have it under control.

Or so we thought. Life likes to throw out little reminders every now again that you do not have it all figured out. Sometimes the reminders take your breath away, like you thought you’ve seen the best sunsets Bocas has to offer and then this unfolds in front of your glass of wine.

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Or sometimes you go to the sink to wash your hands and this li’l gem stares up at you, blinking innocently.

He (or she) almost seemed to be saying mockingly “oh yeah, you are used to just grabbing bugs and throwing them outside?” Was that actually a snigger I heard coming from a cockroach the size of my palm?

“Grab me, I dare you, I triple dog dare you!” Well normally I can’t resist a dare, but this one I let Tom take.

I mean, his palm is a lot bigger than mine, and someone’s gotta take the pictures, right?


I think of California as officially "home" but can usually be found a lot closer to the equatorial belt. After finishing a Masters program in 2011 I found myself trying to decide between a couple of different high-powered career options. I decided I wasn't quite ready to "grow up" and went with an entirely different plan which involved selling off everything I owned with my partner Tom and buying a one-way ticket to Colombia. Our plan was to travel "Till The Money Ran Out" and then go home to start our grown-up lives. Instead, we started our own app development company on the road and have been criss-crossing the globe, traveling, working, eating spicy food and refusing to "grow up" ever since. You can find me on Twitter, , Facebook or send me a message using our About Us page.

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6 Responses

  1. Rebeca says:

    Such beautiful flowers!! Glad you posted, I was missing reading about your trip!

  2. Martha says:

    The cockroach looks like the ones in Iscozacin, only it’s head looks more separate from the body. In Isco, they ate electrical wires.
    Love to you both

  3. Kyle says:

    I love that sunset photo!

  4. Jill says:

    Breathtaking sunset!

  5. Pla says:

    Ahhhhhhhhhh. Nick and I will not be visiting you to in Bocca. The creepy crawlers are just too much for me. Nick and I did a long hike yesterday and thought of you two. Miss you guys.

    • Misty says:

      Beauty is often dangerous, isn't it? ;-)When I take such close photos, I often discover some insect in the photo that I hadn't seen before and usually it is better to take another photo without the insect. Neetevhrless, your visitor looks nice, like coming to say hi! 🙂

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