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Archive for October 27th, 2008

This weekend Ily and I went to the town of La Fortuna to visit the hotsprings at the base of Arenal Volcano. We stayed at a place called Los Lagos Hotel. They had a swimming pool and some hotspring pools. It was a nice trip, nice to get out of the city for a couple of days.

The weather was cool and foggy most of the time, but on Saturday morning we could see the volcano. Everyone said that was unusual for this time of year. The night before, we had got a momentary glimpse of fire and sparks shooting out of the cone, accompanied by an ominous rumble.

We saw an armadillo one day, and I found a large insect drowning in a fountain. It was very pale green, about three and a half inches long, with huge curved pincers coming out of its head. Ily said it was a Machaca bug, and if it bites a woman, the Indians say she has to have sex immediately to counteract the poison. Not surprisingly, this insect is also associated with fertility.

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