..oop… excuse me!

by Annalise on October 19, 2009

When we greet each other in the morning with a ‘”how are you today?” we are checking in on a variety of things: how well we’re managing the travel, cultural differences; weather; homesickness; etc.; but mostly, we’re talking gastronomically!

The travel, non-potable tap water and unfamiliar foods are all having their turns at our gastro-intestinal tracts. It makes me think of one of the songs by the Arrogant Worms that Robin likes to play – “My little Cuban friend” (…lives inside my digestive track).

We’ve been very careful and we’re receiving home delivery of large water bottles for our drinking but still there are surprises. David has already spent a full day in bed with a very busy/crampy gut. Robin has taken our friend, Cindy’s sage advice on the importance of embracing the local spices, especially chillies as they are your friends in warding off unwanted bugs. I’ve never seen him eat such spicy fare and he’s enjoying it. All the same he is surpassing his already flatulent reputation. I’ve come away relatively unscathed so far but I’m sure my days are numbered….

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Shirley Robertson October 20, 2009 at 6:53 am

I was going to ask about this as I am wondering what’s in store for me. I have continued my “trip training” by having numerous lunches at Korean Restuarants but unfortunately there is only one Cafe Kathmandu and it is not open for lunch, just dinner and is over on Commercial Drive so I have only been once.

Dave October 23, 2009 at 12:05 am

Hey Shirley

I’m not sure that this is something that you prepare for. While it’s easy to blame hygiene, you can’t discount the diet, spicing or preparation and the simple stresses of a new routine in a strange place. The bad news is that you’re likely to suffer a little. The good news is that there’s a ton of good food and plenty of bottled drinks here so it’s all good in the end, Of course, I’m writing this as I eat momos and drink local Tuborg, so I’m no longer an objective source.


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