A chronicle of Alison and Ron's trip around the world in 2009-2010.

"Not all those who wander are lost"
- Tolkien

Monday, January 5, 2009

The Inevitable Sickness

We are getting a small boatload of prescriptions for Antibiotics and Anti-malarials to try and buffer ourselves from the inevitable sickness that we will surely get. Everyone who has traveled extensively has a horror story of being ill on the road, and they absolutely love to make this the first story they relay to me when I tell them I'm going around the world. Everything from diarrhea in the pants on a long bus ride, to being so sick you can't get up and resort to getting sick "in bed", to having to go so desperately you end up going in the middle of a crowded street with families walking by and pointing. Ugh. I can do without this badge of honor. But it will surely come dear readers, and I'll spill it all (literally and figuratively).

Then there are the travelers that have eaten and drinken all the things you should never eat or drink and never seem to get sick. Can you say Anthony Bourdain?! (Well he may in fact have a royal taster, or intern of some sort.) I think some precautions are warranted, like eating well cooked dishes from crowded places and popular food stalls. But I'm sure there will be many questionable things that I consume. Each time spinning Montezuma's roulette wheel

They say to not eat lettuce or salad because it's washed in dirty water. But I love salad! Or iced drinks on a hot day. I love iced drinks on a hot day! Or unpasteurized dairy like milk and sour cream. Oh-my-god!! Well at least I think I can have thai iced tea (don't they make it with sweet canned evaporated milk?) I really hope so because in my dreams I'm chilling on a hammock outside my hut drinking a creamy thai tea every single day!

Should we all just take bets now on how many times I feel like I nearly die from my culinary indiscretions? I'm going to put my money on 5. Just enough to make the same mistake twice but not so many that I seem insane according to our buddy Einstein.


eben April 25, 2009 at 11:44 PM  

I'm sure whoever you're talking about here is grateful to you for keeping it anonymous.

Alison June 25, 2009 at 4:03 PM  

My lips are sealed!

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