Subject: First day
On Apr 4, 2013 Steph wrote:

Well, it was my first day and as I was having fun with some baby monkeys, one promptly decided to pee on me. I was able to avoid the full effect of it by holding his tail out beside me, but still. Something I’ll have to get used to, I guess!

It was a loooong, hot and physically demanding day. Started out cleaning the huge monkey enclosures which was disgusting, honestly (after breakfast, too). After that, which took about an hour and a half, I took food out to the other animals and was able to take a break before the tourists came in. They are here daily except Sunday. We need to have everything ready and presentable by the time the tours start. No exceptions! While the tourists are here, we get to spend time with the animals (if you’re lucky enough) or you have to do the laundry, gardening or help in the kitchen.  Thankfully I got to sloth sit, which sounds easy but when you have four or five babies who all want to crawl in separate directions, it’s not.

Lunch is around 1pm and then we clean again and feed, then wrap it up around 3ish. So each day is different as far as assignments, so that the work is split up evenly between everyone. Some work is easy, some isn’t. Bad thing is by the time I got home, showered and prepped dinner the sun was almost down. This may not work for me.


Ahhh, monkey pee on your first day. I hope you don’t get used to THAT! Go-At likes to pee on his beard and eyebrows so he can rub his manly smell on Aponche and everything else that reminds him of romance. So I put a bar of soap outside in a mesh bag and hung it on the faucet so I can wash him off my hands before coming inside.

Well, the other day a bar of soap I had set down went missing and I didn’t think too much of it until I saw Go-At licking the mesh bag. Guess he’s gotten a taste for soap. Maybe it’ll help him smell better. They say goats will eat anything.

Ha ha! Sloth sitting. You traded password setting for sloth chasing! You’re right, I can’t even envision chasing a sloth. I picture you moving in slow motion like the million dollar man. Or woman.

What can I say but hang in there. Especially since you’re surrounded by sloths and monkeys. Heh heh…

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  • Buffy Reply

    Whooooooooooooooooooooooooo hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Way to go Camille! Your lifetravelstory is so beautiful and inspiring, and I felt so lucky to cross paths the way we did – I can’t wait to read more :~) And both of you, it’s a complete pleasure to read two women enthusing over the general coolness of big spiders :~) Happy writing :~)

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