Many of you will know that I’m a bit of an animal lover; I do tend to go a bit ‘gushy’ over most creatures. Whereas I don’t particularly go in for the insects, or the snakes, I don’t hate them as much as I hate spiders and moths. However there is one creature that I actually really hate, as in, if I could, I would remove each and every single one from the face of the earth (hopefully that won’t ruin ecosystems too much, because as a geographer, I don’t think I could do that). What poor creature am I talking about you say, what creature deserves so much hate? The simple, tiny, mosquito. I hate mosquitos. Most people, when bitten, don’t react too badly to their bites, I on the other hand, seem to be allergic to the swines, and most bites swell to a disease like size. I’ve actually been doing pretty well on this trip so far. As you know from previous blogs, we went out of our way to avoid a larger malaria infected area, and were looking forward to Hue when we could actually stop taking the horrible tablets. The bus journey from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City goes through a malaria area, and so we decided that if we were bitten, we would have to continue the tablets for a further 4 weeks from that day. Guess who got bitten? ME! Guess who actually got bitten twice? ME! Guess whose bites reacted really badly? MINE…obviously! Through leggings no less!! And so that is why, I hate mosquitos!
On a happier note, we’re loving HCMC, it’s a really busy, lively, great city. The views from the Bitexco Tower on the 49th floor were amazing…we’re definitely getting into these towers! Today is our last day, and we’re going to shopping for a bit, we’ve seen a lot of museums, so we’re just going to wander.
This blog is for an animal who does not bite and infect people with horrible diseases! But for my poor little Maisy, who won’t be home when I get back to explore the wonders of the elephant I bought…