Saturday, March 27, 2010

Worries :-S

3/27/10
Kristen says:

Well, we have been eating a lot of Mexican food this weekend. We ate at El Aguila Real, a restaurant in Des Moines last night, and at Mi Ranchito, owned by the same family in Oskaloosa tonight. Let me say, ¡Muy delicioso! y ¡Qué oportunidad para practicar mi español.

Not that I can get my courage up to say anything more than "Gracias" to the servers yet...I think I'm going to have to get over this Spanish-speaking inferiority complex quickly, or I will be rendered mute in Honduras.

Anyway, one of our servers is a senior at Osky High, and a student of my mom's. She asked him today to remind her where he was from (Nicaragua), and told him that we were moving to Honduras. She asked him he had any tips for us...

I was expecting something like, "Make sure you travel to other places," or, "wear bug spray." What he really said?

"Stay safe."

Ouch.

I go in streaks. Sometimes I am SO excited, but sometimes I am really worried about my safety and health. I called the CDC the other day to get the list of suggested inoculations we should get before going. They are:

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Rabies
Typhus
I also plan to get a tetanus booster, since the last time I had one was in 2004 when I was in London, because I stepped on a piece of glass in Calais, France.

I'm not really squeamish about shots (as long as I don't have to watch), so all this doesn't bother me as much as remembering that I will have to filter ALL the water I drink if I don't want little buggies floating around in my tummy and making me sick. That in itself is a bad enough thought, but then, last week, I read a book about the Hope diamond that said that King Louis XIV, one of the first owners of the diamond, had a TAPEWORM in his stomach...now I am REALLY freaked out about getting something like that, or even worse (is there anything worse than a tapeworm?)

Also, Pip (our dog, who is coming with us) can't drink out of puddles or nibble on all the yummy bits he finds on the ground down there either. We try not to let him do those things up here, but down there--I don't want him to get worms, either!

AND, on top of that, there is malaria in Honduras in all the parts outside of Tegus (because our city is up in the mountains, thank goodness). I've heard of all the adverse effects of malaria medicine, so I don't know if I should take it or not, what kind, etc....

It's maddening, and it's only one of the many questions I have about this adventure.

Am I being silly? Yes. Of course. I tend (family, don't laugh at my weak language here) to be a bit...imaginative...about sickness, especially when it concerns bugs or (worse, if possible) vomit. Ugh. I HATE being sick!

I have a feeling that I am going to have to get used to being outside of my comfort zone while in Honduras, both when dealing with bodily functions as well as the language barrier. And, I'm sure the good will outweigh the bad in Honduras--I just need to learn more about some of the less-scary parts of this epic adventure.

Positively thinking...
KF

Thursday, March 11, 2010

All's Quiet on the Iowan Front

3/11/10
Kristen says...

Sorry, loyal followers, for the lack of bloggage lately...what with parent-teacher conferences, Chris' work schedule, and the fact that I had to check 95 tests in the span of a weekend, the Finks haven't had much of a chance to think or write about Honduras...I promise, more Honduran-themed news will be headed your way...as soon as any comes our way.

Enjoy the ever-warming weather!

KF