Now that my major health problems have passed, the trip has become “okay” with fun highlights combined with many hours in internet cafes.
1. I’m having really bad nightmares. They are usually about me getting physically hurt or maimed in some way.
2. Bolivia, the poorest country in South America, is the limit of where I can travel. The hygienic practices of the people are the worst I’ve ever seen, and it trickles down into the restaurants and those cooking the food. The main ingredient in every Bolivian dish is oil (most likely recycled) and I haven’t gone more than a couple meals without finding a bunch of little hairs in the food.
3. My stomach will never be the same: it has been in a permanent state of discomfort (cramps, gas) for weeks. No one makes it through Bolivia with their stomach unscathed, not even travelers from other South American countries. I’ve been living on a diet of pizza and candy bars to minimize symptoms.
4. It was either the the best or worst idea to start in the Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. I made it but there was a moment when I didn’t think I could continue. That would be when I was in the hospital with an IV in my forearm (salmonella).
The next month will find me in Salta, Argentina for a stop to view the girl mummy and then on to Chile for a couple weeks. I think the worst is over.
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That is AWFUL>.
You must have lost 25 lbs.
Nothing worse than food poisining..
Nightmares will pass after you get obducted and dismemebered by some lowlife, so don’t worry about that.
To this point your trip seems like it was a test, physically, mentally, and now that you are moving on to better parts is your reward.
PS.Just to clarify from Salta you are going straight to Chile? Are you coming back to Argentina?
Yes, I believe the worst is over. Chile, Argentina, brazil and uruaguy are more modernized countries (assuming your hitting the more commercial destinatation) Buenos Aires is like being in Europe except without that fucking Euro which kills the fun.
Well, you’ll appreciate the next half of the trip more. Have you gotten laid yet?
If you haven’t don’t worry there will be plenty of time for that in brazil!
By the way… when will you be in Columbia? I’m heading to Meddelin and Cartagna in December.
wow, keep up the good spirits man, we’re all living vicariously through you.
stay (physically) strong and keep truckin’. things can only get better now. as for your dreams. . .
“To dream of broken bones, signifies that you have discovered or realized that there is a weakness in your plans or in your thinking. Your dream may call for you immediate attention to a particular situation or relationship.”
“To dream that you are hurt, signifies wounded emotions or feelings that you may have suppressed. You need to address these feelings in order to properly heal.”
there must’ve been something you could’ve done to prime yourself for the parasitic overload. maybe load up on antibiotics before leaving the US? drink only bottled water and wine? ah well, it’s a new diet plan for obese americans — the south american travel diet.
the hospital trip with IV should be a blog post with pics of a cute bolivian nurse tending to your needs.
Are you saying the bottled water doesn’t work. It may be time to find a woman to cook for you. Or hire a maid to make some decent food for your travels couple dollars a day. Most expensive thing is probably cleaning clothes right. Get the maid bro they will do that shit by hand maybe in the tub. Hell get bottled water the 5 gallon jug kind make a fire and eat some steak from the grocery store. Go caveman style on that you should be allright.
Oh yea and you should be looking for business opportunities Bro. When else would you get the time to explore the opportunities in all these foreign countries that could be worth gold later. My wife in Indonesia is set for life on a relatively small amount of investment money. I’m pretty sure you could meet some people that later on could potentialy provide you with income streams if you ever decide to clamp down and save some real loot one day. Not knocking you though you have plenty of time and with what your learning you could definetly develop the drive it takes.
That sounds miserable. Pizza and candy bars are actually less harmful to your stomach than the local food? Ewwww.
Hang it there. If you can keep going even after a hospital stay, I think you’ll carry out the remainder of the trip alright.
Is coke easy to get down there?
Roosh, our favorite flipper Casey is back.
Lets see ~ He just taped on the Dr. Phil Show today and G sent divorce papers.
Is Bolivia really the poorest country in South America? I’ve only been to Guyana, which is incredibly poor, but that might not register. I am, however, looking forward to Argentina. (I plan to be there in February.)
I am sorry to hear that “okay” is an elevated level.
are you taking any malaria meds? I ask because one of the side effects of Meflaquine is vivid, violent nightmares. We were on it in Peace Corps–I finally stopped taking it when I had a nightmare that was over-the-top violent.
Just a thought.
Nope, no mararia meds. I don’t like the jungle!