|strange "farnear" under observation|
Monday, February 27, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Back in Dhaka my "assistant" speaks non stop during the long taxi ride. It's night and I'm tired. He tells me stories that unveil the world that surrounds me, even if just a little bit. He keeps referring to me as his "master", I suspect fully aware of how uncomfortable that makes me. The density of the traffic makes me think that this is not only a god forsaken place -in the most literal sense of the word- but in addition it has bad traffic. Of course it figures that hell on earth would have bad traffic
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
You might have already been there, or maybe you are planning a trip that is making you wonder if you are headed there. Stomach blues (to put it politely) is one of the most common hazards of off-the-beaten-track travel. The bottom line is that your body is stretched trying to overcome jet lag while doing a lot more hours of hiking, walking and bumpy roads than it is used to, as well as dealing with hot temperatures and unfamiliar foods. Doing all this while on toast and tea, or worse, adding god forsaken toilet visits to your guided tour is something you really want to avoid.
- Don’t eat fruits and vegetables unless they are peeled or boiled (in a clean environment).
- Avoid undercooked meat and fish like you life depends on it (seriously)
- Avoid dairies. Period (ok, some cheeses may be ok, but if you want to play it safe stay clear of those too)
- Wash you hands regularly (take hand sanitizer and use it often)
- Don’t drink water unless it is bottled, and preferably have them open the bottle in front of you (some cultures will do this as matter of fact, highlighting your need to ensure your bottle is not being recycled)
- Remember, ice is also water. Also, if glasses are not clean try to drink straight from a bottle (cans are renown for being germ fests, so definitely avoid those).2. take probiotic pills or products before and during your travel, it helps to strengthen the immune system and the healthy flora in your stomach3. don’t bite your nails! Seriously what is the point of avoiding the unpeeled fruit if then you go around touching everything and sticking your dirty hands in your mouth, (same applies to your eyes)4. take toilet paper and wipes with you wherever you go. Chances are that your stomach will have some degree of reaction to all the changes its experiencing, and you never know where the next toilet paper roll will be.5. Wipe and sanitize gear you are often holding with your dirty hands like the camera or passport, it is collecting germs and you’ll have a tendency to consider it sanitized back in your hotel haven and forget to wash after handling it.6. Consume local prepackaged and pasteurized yogurts as much as you can and as soon as you arrive. This is because every location has its own bacteria, if you can consume some of it safely it will help your body deal.7. Lemon and lime are acids and natural disinfectants. Can’t hurt to use it to clean your glass, bottle top or cutlery, and tastes great. You can also add it to your bottle of water, will cleanse and refresh.8. If you can handle hot spice this is the time to do so. There is a reason why hot poor countries consume chili like there is no tomorrow. It is proven to prevent stomach cancers but also ward off disease, they are also apparently the ultimate decongestant.9. When in doubt drink cold coke (as cold as you can get it, but NOT with ice). Coke started off as a stomach medicine and as many opponents will highlight, if you stick a tooth in a glass of coke it will disappear. This is a good thing when you are trying to get rid of stuff that should not be in your stomach.10. If there is local papaya eat it as often as possible. Another natural stomach strengthener used to make digestive supplements
Monday, February 13, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
This is my "I'm going to the opposite side of the world for two weeks while my kids still haven't recovered from my last trip" guilt box.
let me rewind a bit.
We moved to NYC about 5 months ago. I took a full month off, and carried on working from home afterwards. After three months I felt they were ready (and had previous commitments I could not ignore), so off I went. O started crying when they dropped him off at school and A having trouble at night. we all assumed they would get over it shortly after my return, but alas, only now, two months later, is O starting to go to school calm, and A is still having troubles at night.
Enter shiny shiny guilt box.
Since I have to travel again I thought that perhaps if I left something behind for every day I am out, it would make my trip feel shorter. Of course, then I felt guilty about spoiling them. Will they get used to getting a present a day? will they expect me to do this every time?
still. I felt that circumstances called for extraordinary measures, but the measures could just be symbolic. Just a little something would do. Enter guilt over the fact that half of those little somethings are sweets. mainly because there are only so many things that you can get for under 2 dollars (thanks for the other 6 Target!)
will this help?
I hope so. it will at least help me I suppose.
is it a bad precedent? am I spoiling them?
probably.... but guilt feels much better in a shiny-shiny pink bag with ribbons
Sunday, February 5, 2012
|the pink one|
“I haven’t been spending enough quality time with the kids lately…. I’m going to organize something nice to do together tonight. Maybe buy some arts and crafts, some nice cookies and milk. I’ll stop working when they get home from school, cut off the internet, and we’ll spend the afternoon doing things together and talking”
so far so good
me- and I have some nice stuff for us to do (as I pull out the arts and crafts project)
O- I want the pink one
A- me too
O- I saw the pink one first!
me- (softly, in a motherly tone and modeling adequate behaviour) no yelling, ask nicely
A-no me! I’m a girl, I get the pink one (pulling the pink one out of O’s hand)
me- don’t take things like that, that’s not nice
O- (crying) I had the pink one first (begins headbutting A)
(O takes this opportunity to take the pink one back and run with it )
(at super human pitch and volume level. Runs after O and pushes him to the floor. Grabs the pink one and runs off.