It feels really good to be in a new home, and one that is long term and free from the whims of land­lords and ever-increasing rents.

With­out actu­ally giv­ing away our address, we’re happy we’re in rel­a­tive seclu­sion where night time tem­per­a­tures are actu­ally sev­eral degrees cooler than the rest of the island, and where WE HAVE MONKEYS!

Lone Ranger

Lone Ranger

From our kitchen win­dow a cou­ple of days ago, we saw a lone mon­key — our secu­rity guard says he’s a lone ranger — climb into two ter­race houses via open bath­room win­dows, roll around on sofas, car­pets, and come out onto a bal­cony with a pack of cig­a­rettes, sam­pling each one (chew­ing, not light­ing up) before throw­ing them all over the place. The win­dows of all the houses were shut the next day. So were ours, because when I went to the bath­room the day before, that same mon­key had star­tled me so much with his sil­hou­ette on the frosted bath­room win­dow I had for­got­ten that I had needed to use the toilet.

There’s still some unpack­ing and fig­ur­ing out stor­age to do, but from our new real home, Kai, Naomi and I wish every­one a very Merry Christ­mas and peace, love and hap­pi­ness for the new year.

 
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