Guess Who Had a Lizard In Her Room

What do you do when you come in from taking photos of magnificent views of Oyster Bay like this one…

Oyster Bay, Dar es Salaam
Oyster Bay, Dar es Salaam

…only to come back and find this on the wall near your bed!


If you said freak out you’d be right.

I had a lizard in my hotel room today. It wasn’t terribly big and he was minding his own business, but I couldn’t get it out of my head that if I got in the bed and fell fast asleep he might run across my face.

That, my friends, is not a happy prospect.

But, while I was completely scared of the lizard I also didn’t want to call and get it removed because I didn’t want people to think I was a Prima dona American who can’t coexist with a reptile. But then it started to slowly, but surely start making its way for the floor. That’s when I made the call.

And so I sat and waited and watched that lizard move towards the floor. I couldn’t have a scurrying lizard running around my hotel room floor. My heart would have stopped.

Then there was a light knock on the door. Someone had come to take away the lizard.

The man came armed with a can of spray and a stick. He sprayed the lizard until it fell off the wall drunk from the chemicals and then he scooped it up and took it away.

And then he dropped it on the floor on his way out and it started to scurry and I panicked again hence the blurry photo.

Taking the Lizard Away

I cannot tell you how relieved I am that I can at least lay down for a few hours knowing the lizard isn’t looking at me.

All I wanted to do was simply share photos of the afternoon because it was so much prettier today than yesterday.


  1. That was a gecko. They are very good luck and can’t hurt you at all. They eat the insects that might be lurking in the dark corners of your hotel room.
    But, I completely understand. Once we were staying in a bungalow and when my husband turned on the ceiling fan, a cockroach went flying across the room. I didn’t sleep all night!!
    Have a safe trip!!


  2. Love this post! It reminds me of the time my husband and I were in Southern Spain and in the middle of the night when I had to use the bathroom there was a gigantic Madagascar cockroach on the wall. I nearly died and so did my husband the next morning when I forgot to tell him and he opened the shower curtain to a scream!


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