“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins

Friday, 18 January 2013

1 Month to go - and some decisions to make.

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Went to the doctors this week to see the nurse about my vaccinations. Being someone who hates needles, I was thrilled to be told everything was up to date and I would need only anti-malaria tablets... perfect. However she then went on to confirm that Japanese Encephalitis was present in Cambodia and a nasty disease that can give you brain damage and render you disabled, but as suspected I would only be at risk if I was going to any rice paddies or anywhere where the locals farm pigs.  ...great, Arafin does both! She then went on to explain that it was £45 a shot and I would need 2 shots, one now and another in 28 days time which would be only a couple of days before the trip. I would not reach full immunity until 7 days after the second shot which is also not ideal as the visit to see Arafin is in the first 4 days, but the real turn off for me was when she told me the vaccine was actually made from mouse brains! The decision was made there and then... no needles, no potentially feeling sick a few days before the trip and definitely no mouse brain pumping round my body. I will simply have to smother myself in DEET and hope for the best.  

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