Wednesday, September 7, 2011

La Quinta Totaises

I am living the life here in Bolivia.  The people are wonderful, the food is delicious, and the house we're staying in is gorgeous.  La Quinta Totaises is absolutely beautiful...we are so blessed that Steffen and Yuvinka have opened their home to el Proyecto del Mono Titi.  And to think, I get to live here for three whole months?!  ¡QuĂ© bien!  

Nine rooms, huge kitchen, beautiful courtyard, plus a pool.  Endless movie selections, tons of books, and three lovable dogs.  Oh and also we have wifi.  I may never leave...

The courtyard...this is probably my favorite place in the house.  When I grow up, my home will have one of these.  Hammocks included.  I also love how the plants just grow up right out of the bricks.  I am now a firm believer that every house needs a courtyard.  

The kitchen is fantastic.  And HUGE.  Love the tile, love the cabinets, love the backsplash.  Reminds me of the kitchens I see on all those episodes of House Hunters International.  It took me a while to figure out how to work the stove, and to figure out where the forks are...but now that all that's under control, I can't wait to share many meals here with my Bolivian amigas.

Continuing the tour to the "living room" (I guess that's what it would be called...whatever the Bolivian equivalent to a living room is, this is it).  Please take note of the amazing ant art on the wall.  Clear indicator that I'm in the house of an entomologist (Yuvinka).

This little one-windowed gem is my temporary home.  It's small, and it can get hot and uncomfortable at times, but I still love it and am so thankful to have such a great place to stay.

Honestly, I didn't think I would settle in so quickly.  I feel like I've been here so long, but it's only been like five days!  I know that once we start working, these three months are going to just fly by.  I couldn't be happier to be here.  This is such a fantastic opportunity for me, both as a person and as a scientist.  ¡Me gusta mucho!

FUN SCIENCE FACT #4:  The Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) has a gestation period of only 12-13 days.  Sometimes is pays to be a metatherian.    


  1. Pretty sure I could make a LOT of cake treats in that kitchen! :D

  2. So what's the weather like there? So glad you're settling in so well. I knew you would! :-)