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In a sun dress and sandals, I walked down the dirt road toward my first day of Spanish class.  A huge matapalo sits at the corner of my house and then the landscape gives way to jungle-like woods on either side of the road.  A thousand sounds kept me company as a I walked:  insects buzzing, chirping, whistling, singing; birds whose songs I have never heard; dusty, parched leaves rustling in the breeze; a distant hammer somewhere to the south.  The howlers are quiet this morning, the road empty except for me and my thoughts and my ever present notebook.

My new teacher talked slowly and clearly, correcting my verbs and prompting me to reach for words I learned decades ago in intermittent Spanish classes.  On the way home, the matapalo was covered in monkeys, many of them with babies on their backs, swinging from leafless limb to leafless limb, twirling acrobatics against the blue sky in a show that filled me with the wonder of being here.

I saw a two liter bottle of what looked like kerosine and then a couple of 20 somethings dancing around with a lot of flames and kids running around like crazy. OSHA must have taken the night off.

We looked at houses again all day yesterday afternoon and saw some beauties, but none that are just right for us.  At this point, unless someone is going to pay us to be on House Hunters International or at least let me graze the craft services table, I am done looking at rentals. 

Lauren had her first sleep over, two charming kids from school, both with really nice parents.  We started at the beach with surf boards and chocolate chip cookies and went from there to an outdoor pizza place complete with fire throwers and hammock swings. 

You may recall that we just signed a lease on a house called Casa Naranjadisima, which means Bright Orange House.  Alas, the deal is falling apart.  Apparently the owner wants to use her own house before we can be ready to vacate it.  They say timing is everything, and I guess they are right.  So the search goes on.

After searching and searching and searching, we signed a lease this morning and will move to a new Costa Rican home on March 1st.  "Casa Naranjadisima" means "Bright Orange House."  Apparently it will get a fresh coat of paint while we're there, a process which will require lots of scaffolding and some dark sunglasses.  They aren't kidding about the orange -- more photos to follow.

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