Before moving to Zimbabwe, a friend who once worked in the region offered me a bit of advice – no structure can completely shut out Africa.
Which is why I wasn't surprised to discover some colorful creatures sharing the grounds of our school campus.
And sometimes even wandering inside classrooms and onto desks.
Before, I had to pay to see such creatures. Now they come to see me, often hoping to partake of my lunch.
But there's an occasional downside to life with sub-Saharan creatures.
It's not uncommon for me to wake up and find a swarm of ants occupying my bedroom.
It's all just part of being an international teacher.