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.