Well, the stomach issues have passed…for now. Yesterday was hell. I don’t know why, but traveling in a foreign country does nothing good for the stomach.
Between getting up at 4am and being on a bus in a country where fender-benders are essentially a civil right, my stomach was no bueno.
However, I did find, through it all, a couple ways of dealing with said…issues.
1. Keep your eyes off the road. I swear, every time I looked outside I felt like vomiting.
2. Have Radiohead on loop. Same goes for Coldplay.
3. Avoid all liquids except water and coke, and take very small doses.
4. If you can, find a comfy shoulder to sleep on. I recommend Heidi Hoffman.
5. If said comfy shoulder is not available, don’t worry. Your body will adjust to any awkward sleeping positions you might find yourself in.
6. Avoid talking about tapeworms at all costs. Same goes for any parasite.
7. Clean toilet seats are few and far between in a developing nation. Don’t worry though, humans got along without them for centuries. You’d be surprised how easy certain activities can be given the circumstances. I suppose it’s still hard-coded int our DNA.
8. Learn to love rice and bread. I personally don’t care for rice, but it’s one of the few things your stomach can process easily. After awhile, it becomes akin to your favorite snack.
9. STAY AWAY FROM COFFEE AT ALL COSTS.
10. Unfortunately, even with antibiotics it still takes time to work its way through your system. So buck up, make sure you have TP with you at all times, and be prepared for the most intense bowel-fueled roller coaster ride of your life.