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WoWftVoE: Strawberries & A Brief Travel Summary [Jun. 26th, 2012|02:09 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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WoWftVoE: Strawberries

Never EVER (and I mean, absolutely NEVER) eat strawberries without washing them first.

I got e. coli in Zurich, Switzerland doing this. Bought some strawberries from a market in the rail station, ate them on the way back to our hotel.

My host in Zurich, the lady who co-owned the hotel where we stayed, sympathized & told me she got roundworms from eating unwashed strawberries in Los Angeles. When I expressed concern that maybe I had roundworms rather than e. coli she told me I'd be able to tell. "You can feel them." AUGGGGGGHHH!!!

A Brief Travel Summary

So my trip was... interesting. Much improved after my digestion normalized. I was sick for 2 of the 4 days we spent in Zurich and 3 of the 6 days we spent in Malta. Yeah, 5 days of our 10 day trip. Bleah. I completely lost 2 days to it, managed at least one small outing 2 of the days and one big outing one day (3 hour bus trip with an hour's break in the middle).

Zurich is wicked expensive. Malta was delightfully cheap.

Zurich has nice breezes. Malta is cook-your-eyeballs hot.

Zurich may be old but Malta has 7,000+ years of documented history. It was daunting. Lately, as I've been reading about Malta's history, I've been thinking in terms of large chunks of time, 50 years, 150 years, 400 years. Malta's "new" capital (Valletta) was established in the 17th century, replacing the "old" capital (Mdina) which had been their capital for around two thousand years. Since just after the Phoenicians. Remember the Phoenicians? They were conquered by freakin' Alexander the Great.

But Zurich does have amazing chocolate made by tiny chocolate gods with perfect little hands so it's kind of a toss-up which was my favorite.

[User Picture]From: lillibet
2012-06-26 08:14 am (UTC)
OH no! Travelling stomach ick is so distressing. I'm glad you were able to recover and enjoy the trip somewhat.

Hoping for more Malta stories, especially, since I haven't made it there yet. Changing timescales is one of the things that makes me feel that I've been somewhere really different.

Welcome home!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2012-06-26 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you ma'am! I have a few stories to tell!
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[User Picture]From: gilana
2012-06-26 10:47 am (UTC)
Ugh, sorry you had to deal with that, but glad you managed to have some fun anyway!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2012-06-26 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks, yeah. I'm glad too.
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[User Picture]From: muffyjo
2012-06-26 10:46 pm (UTC)
Ugh! I'm so sorry for the stomach woes but am glad you had some good memories to mix in and are back safe and sound. I can't wait to hear the stories and see the pictures!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2012-07-01 01:42 am (UTC)
I should post pictures. I can never decide which picture place to sign up with to post 'em!
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[User Picture]From: muffyjo
2012-07-02 06:41 pm (UTC)
Heh, I have that problem, too. Mostly I use Flickr but I think I have some in all of the usual sites.
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From: allessindra
2012-06-27 05:36 pm (UTC)
Regarding timescales...

Something I heard back when I was in England for our honeymoon (November 1988)...

The main difference between Europeans and Americans is that Europeans think 200 miles is a long distance, and Americans thing 200 years is a long time.

This was brought home to be rather forcibly as we toured Salisbury Cathedral, which at the time was covered in scaffolding as it underwent repairs... for *EROSION*.

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[User Picture]From: kjc
2012-07-01 01:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's a good rule of thumb.

Erosion. Yeesh.
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