This Ain’t England

July 24, 2008

Last summer, from Portugal to Poland, I really took for granted the ease of traveling Europe.  No shots.  No malaria pills.  No threat of Japanese Encephalitis.  Mexico and India are not that easy.

I spent yesterday afternoon at a travel health clinic, getting vaccines for polio and typhoid.  And getting advice about everything from hard-core sunscreen to UV-powered water purification systems.  And just maybe getting a little overwhelmed.

The plan: I leave for Mexico bright and early on Monday morning.  I’ll be there for four and a half months, then I’ll come home to St. Louis for a week, and then I head off to India for two weeks.  That’s about five months without drinking tap water — and in countries famous for their spicy foods!  How do people do it?  Tips welcome.

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