Happy New Year, everyone! I am back at sight as of last week after a very enjoyable, but all too short reprieve from village life. I would like to tell you that it’s wonderful to be back, that I had my fill of fun in the sun, but that would be a bunch of ‘bull roar.’ It didn’t take me long to snap back into reality as I took the wrong bus home and wound up walking a good couple of hours before I found the right one. I actually enjoyed the time though, as it gave me a little time to reflect. When I did finally get home, I couldn’t help but notice I had a new roommate. My host mom, having heard how much I like animals, somehow found a way to wrap a cord around a ‘To-ke(?)’ lizard and tie him to my window frame. It was a lovely gesture, but as soon as she went inside, I grabbed the lizard and spent the next thirty minutes attempting to cut the cord off and set him free. He wasn’t looking too good when I put him down, but when I came back to check on him ten minutes later, he had vanished. I’m hopeful that he left on his accord and wasn’t carried off by an army of ants.