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Sorry to hear you're sick especially as you are alone without any friendly face to help cheer you up nor nurse you back to health. I guess such sickness often goes along with the "adventure" destinations you chose while you wer in Guatemala / Latin America. I'm sure Africa must be the main dumping grounds for all inferior products, foodstuffs , fake auto parts, fertilizers, poisons, appliances and machines.
I haven't been taking vitamin supplements since running out this past July in Vietnam and have noticed in recent weeks my energy level is lower than usual. I had a weird bothersome health problem last year which lasted nearly a year and nothing the doctors prescribed seem to work or cure the condition so I started experimenting and stopped taking my one aspirin everyday or two and the condition cleared up. But since then I haven't had any blood tests etc so maybe my other #s aren't as healthy. So today with a new supply of vitamins bought on sale in Honolulu at Walmart and Longs I filled my plastic weekly pill box. Time will tell in the next few days if I feel more energetic and "youthful".
TAKE IT EASY ANDY and TAKE CARE of yourself. GET WELL SOON! Bill
Hissing noise, wow, I thought normal.
I do not enjoy cooking, and if I wish I can use alcohol as fuel. I am slowly giving up the Americanism of not asking for help. I have learned I can walk up to women and ask,
"Will you cook this."
In Africa men do not cook, except in restaurants, and they feel I need help Go figure why men cook in restaurants.
I agree strongly with Robert.
I generally get fresh vegetables, wash them with antibacterial soap, rinse them well, and then cook in boiled water.
I generally make a lot of soups or pasta (just toss the vegetables in the water with the cooking pasta).
I agree strongly about avoiding vegetable from restaurants -- a quick glance at their prep/ storage methods is enough to realize that they are little time bombs of sickness. I have no idea if what is bring brought out to me has been washed well enough (or washed at all) and I like to have an idea about that which I put into my body.
Good to hear that you are feeling better.
Hi Andy! I need some advice. I'm an avid traveler, and I like to think that I'm pretty smart with my money when booking flights- but after reading your page on 'round the world travel and airfare...I've decided I can do a whole lot better!
My goal is to travel Africa. Ultimately, I'll be departing from Toronto, Canada but am willing to travel to any other city (LA, BC, NYC) in order to find the cheapest airfare to the continent. I am also willing to begin my journey anywhere in Africa, although (if I had a choice), I'd love to do so in Ethiopia or Senegal/Guinea.
Any suggestions about this?
In addition, I want to avoid the packaged "adventure" tours if I can however, as a 5'1 blonde, I'm a bit hesitant to do this trip solo. So, break it down for me- is it safe? I'm aware that one can find themselves in a dangerous situation anywhere in the world, but unfortunately, being a woman -especially a petite one- can present some problems at times...and I've experienced these first hand (with no unfortunate consequences thankfully).
Have you ever tried these "GAP" or "Intrepid" overland tours through Africa? If so, are they any good- or do they alienate the travelers from the locals?
Thank you very much for your help- love your blog.
Deanna, this type of answer would be better on the proper subject, the (New) around the world airfare page, you can comment on the bottom and I can reply.
Andy wrote: "Hissing noise, wow, I thought normal."
many cans hiss inward when you open them. THAT is normal. Canned food should be in a bit of a vacuum as the food is canned hot, then it cools.
If it hisses OUT, you have a problem. Sometimes you can tell if it is OK by looking at the ends of the can, they should be flat or bow inward a little.
But of course, this is Africa, who knows.