Showering with a Spider

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Bleary-eyed and exhausted after driving the Great Ocean road, I booked a motel at the Twelve Apostles. Engulfed in darkness, I relied on Google Maps to help me follow the long gravel road to my shelter in the sprinkling rain.

The motel was in the middle of nowhere and the local owner showed me to my room. The heater was broken so he rolled a portable one into my room. That didn’t work, so he got me another one. I turned on the TV, which only showed static. I asked the owner about it and he said that their satellite was out because of a storm that came in the day prior. The motel was outdated, old and was shaping up to be like something out of a horror movie.

Trying my best to ignore my surroundings, I took my contact lenses out and squeezed into the small, square shower. I was enjoying the warm water when I noticed something moving in the corner of the shower floor. I can’t see very well without my contact lenses, so I wasn’t sure what it was. Just a fuzzy black circle about one to two inches in size. I was warned by at least five travellers in Asia a few months prior about the spiders and snakes in Australia. They told me, “You have to check your toilet for snakes and spiders, or they’ll bite you.” I thought they were stereotyping and surely over exaggerating.

Trying not to panic, I decided (and hoped) it was most likely dirt. I quickly washed my hair and turned the water off. As I turned the nozzle, water dripped from my hand on to the black circle. It moved.

“Oh no, it’s alive!” I gasped. With my heart racing, I slowly opened the door and inched my way out of the shower. I put my glasses on, revealing a large spider! After being bitten several times by spiders last year in Canada, I wasn’t taking any chances.

Terrified, but also determined to show the monster who was boss, I grabbed a shoe and smashed him! I posted a picture of the spider on Facebook and an Australian friend informed me it was a white tail spider, which has an awfully bad bite. I had a hard time sleeping that night, checking my bed over and over to ensure a spider wasn’t trying to accompany me to bed too.

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Showering with a Spider

Traveller • Writer • Videographer
Quit my corporate job
Sold my house in LA
Solo Travel
📍Currently exploring Australia
Latest Blog Post ⬇️
teglogoes.com

Bleary-eyed and exhausted after driving the Great Ocean road, I booked a motel at the Twelve Apostles. Engulfed in darkness, I relied on Google Maps to help me follow the long gravel road to my shelter in the sprinkling rain.

The motel was in the middle of nowhere and the local owner showed me to my room. The heater was broken so he rolled a portable one into my room. That didn’t work, so he got me another one. I turned on the TV, which only showed static. I asked the owner about it and he said that their satellite was out because of a storm that came in the day prior. The motel was outdated, old and was shaping up to be like something out of a horror movie.

Trying my best to ignore my surroundings, I took my contact lenses out and squeezed into the small, square shower. I was enjoying the warm water when I noticed something moving in the corner of the shower floor. I can’t see very well without my contact lenses, so I wasn’t sure what it was. Just a fuzzy black circle about one to two inches in size. I was warned by at least five travellers in Asia a few months prior about the spiders and snakes in Australia. They told me, “You have to check your toilet for snakes and spiders, or they’ll bite you.” I thought they were stereotyping and surely over exaggerating.

Trying not to panic, I decided (and hoped) it was most likely dirt. I quickly washed my hair and turned the water off. As I turned the nozzle, water dripped from my hand on to the black circle. It moved.

“Oh no, it’s alive!” I gasped. With my heart racing, I slowly opened the door and inched my way out of the shower. I put my glasses on, revealing a large spider! After being bitten several times by spiders last year in Canada, I wasn’t taking any chances.

Terrified, but also determined to show the monster who was boss, I grabbed a shoe and smashed him! I posted a picture of the spider on Facebook and an Australian friend informed me it was a white tail spider, which has an awfully bad bite. I had a hard time sleeping that night, checking my bed over and over to ensure a spider wasn’t trying to accompany me to bed too.