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Working on my tan.

Working on my tan.

I happen to love lizards. As a girl, I used to keep iguanas and green anoles as pets (my mother drew the line at actually letting me keep snakes in the house). I used to spend whole afternoons, in my back yard or at local nature reserves, hunting for critters like salamanders and frogs. Well, it turns out Liberia is a lizard-watchers paradise.

The little (and sometimes big) buggers are all over the place, even in urban environments like Monrovia. When I walk up the steps into my compound, a good half dozen lizards scurry away, especially during mid-day and afternoon when they are all hanging out, basking in the sun, and bobbing their heads away. When I open the shadier door to my house, I often disturb a couple geckos who speed across the walls. On a couple occasions I’ve even seen geckos on the wall in my room. I let them mind their own business…


About Home Strange Home

I first left the US in 1999, when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve spent 13 years living abroad - 3 in Canada, 7 in Europe, and 3 in Africa. Now I've finally returned to the US on a one-way plane ticket. I arrived home in late January 2014 and set foot in the US for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. In Home Strange Home, I blog about the ups and downs of my re-acculturation experience.

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