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Sometimes you get sick when you travel. It sucks. I had a feeling I would end up with a cold the day our group was soaked from the rain on the second day of our Santa Cruz Trek in Peru. We were all huddled together in the cooking tent trying to dry off our jackets, pants, socks and shoes.

Usually when I have a cold, it lingers around for 6-7 days so I should be back to feeling normal health by the time I start the Salkantay Trek on Monday. It’s a trek I’ve been looking forward to doing for a long time. Hopefully I won’t get stuck in the cold rain and end up sick again. Fingers crossed.

I have only ended up having to see a doctor three times during my travel aboard. Once was in Ghana back in 2011, while I was interning at a sports tv station. I ate a small cookie that tastes funny and next thing you know I was having cold sweats, throwing up in the toilet and my host ran to the main road and waved down a taxi to take me to the nearest hospital. I remember laying down on the bench in the clinic waiting for the doctor to take a look at me. He gave me some antibiotics to take for a few days but whatever was in my stomach appears to be expunged as I was feeling fine a few hours later. I also didn’t end up with malaria during my summer in Ghana despite my host and other volunteer friends falling victim to it. I guess I had some really strong malaria pills.

The other time I had to see a doctor is in early 2018 when I got bit by a street dog while walking to my AirBnb in Mexico City. I ended up walking straight to a clinic right after the incident happened. The dogs didn’t have rabies (supposedly 99% of the Mexican street dogs are vaccinated) but as a precaution I still made trips to the clinic for the rest of the week so the doctor could insert shots into the butt (yes I was walking funny for a few days).

The final time was also in 2018 after I had a bad hiking fall after I climbed Guatemala’s Volcan Tajumulco (the tallest peak in Central America) although I didn’t actually go to the clinic until a few days after the incident because a certain muscle in my back was bothering me. A full body massage I had the next day seemed to remedy that issue.

Anyways enough about me, feel free to share in the comments any stories or memories you might have of having to go to a hospital or clinic in a foreign country. On that note, onto Flakes...

Frosted Flakes

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