Well... that's what it looked like! It could have been two things?
In the end, I realized that it was this tree that was shedding her seeds.
Utilians used to make pillows out of this very soft and fluffy fur. The tufts allow the seeds to be taken far from the tree to plant her seeds and propagate.
I am not a botanist. However, I have just contacted a botanist who discovered an endemic species here in Utila, and asked her to help me identify the tree species.
Enjoy! (Leave a comment if you know the species please!)
I have a friend. His name is Max. He doesn't have a telephone, or an email address. He does have the biggest playground of all, and an abundant supply of artistic inspiration and materials. This is what the sculptures look like when he begins...
1. Don't you get bored?
2. Do you get Island Fever?
That is similar to the first question, but different. Being on a small island has it's ups and downs. Being an expat gives me the great opportunity to visit friends and family in other countries, or to visit other places if I do get "Island Fever". And it happens. However, I can tell you that coming back to the island is one of the best feelings about going away! It's a bit like the grass being greener on the other side of the fence.
When I visit Toronto, for example, it's friends, family and food that is the lure. It's the craziness of traffic, the speediness of every day life and the chaos of so many people trying to keep up with the frenetic pace that allows me to happily return to "The Rock".
And sure, I miss yummy cheeses, good wine and great food. Well, I'm also lucky because I think my husband is the best chef on the island!
Is the trade-off worth it? Definitely.
3. What is there to do besides scuba diving?
4. Isn't Utila a Party Island?
Definitely. But most of us looking to semi-retire or retire are fast asleep when it happens! There are a few quiet times on the roads in Utila. Before 7am, and between about 6-8pm. All us older folk are heading into town in the morning, or heading home between 6-8 pm. The partiers seem to come out after 8pm to dine, and after 10pm to party. I'll admit, arriving to the island at age 30, I was one of those that was up late working at the bars (getting paid to socialize and have fun... if you call $1.50/hour getting paid), to be home at 4-5am, and up again at 7am to go scuba diving.
I cannot imagine staying up past 11pm anymore, and New Year's Eve has been non-existent until 2013 when the kids begged us to stay up until midnight!
That's the wonderful thing about Utila and her layers. They all live happily together, and you might not see a whole layer until you venture out to cross the timeline!
5. Is it Safe?
6. How's the Education System?
7. Can A Foreigner Buy Property?
Yes. Foreigners may purchase property outright if it's less than 3/4 of an acre (about 180 ft x 180 ft). More than that and you'll need to create a corporation.
8. How did you get the courage to move down here?
Haha. My answer always makes people laugh. I wish I had the courage to move here like so many have had. My story is that I started travelling in September 1999 and arrived to Utila at the end of 1999. My ticket to fly back home was from Chile in March 2000 (yes I know, very ambitious). I came to Utila as a certified diver, and planned on doing a few dives and moving on... Like the video says, "If you come to Utila, you'll never want to leave". So I didn't. I'm sure meeting the love of my life in Utila had something to do with it.
9. Don't You Miss the Four Seasons?
Nope. Not at all! I haven't experienced winter in about 18 years, and I'm very happy about that. Although fall is beautiful, bringing with it the excitement of donning your leather jacket or cool boots, I always say, "If I was meant to live in the cold, I would be covered with hair. I'm Asian. No hair. No winter." - insert smiley emoticon!
10. Are You Going to Stay in Utila Forever?
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