It's no secret that I'm not fond of spiders. I haven't seen one yet, (::knocks on wood::) but yesterday I had this little guy for poolside company. I heard him making his way through the greenery and saw the long tail and thought it was a snake at first. But then he came waltzing out onto the deck and I saw his little legs. What a cutie, right?
Other creatures I've seen so far: a giant beast of a bug not unlike a fat flying caterpillar, a little grey monkey scurrying through the trees no bigger than my forearm, and some
vampires mosquitos. I will not be disappointed if those are the only creatures I see while I'm here. ;)
I had wanted to go to this elephant sanctuary but I am conflicted. I have read awful things like in order for an elephant to be trained, his 'spirit must be broken'. Elephants are tortured until they realize they are no longer in control, and then they can be trained to do tricks, give rides, etc. This one elephant sanctuary I had in mind is a little different than the others in town in that they don't do tricks, but you still can ride them. I don't know. Something about that doesn't sit well with me, so I think I may pass on that, much as I'd like to meet an elephant up close and personal.
Today's plan is to relax, study the sanskrit names of some yoga poses, and maybe try to figure out my plan b for getting a yoga mat.