When traveling for over 4 months, you are bound to run into some bad luck and have some unfortunate things come your way. I get that, and expect it, but am still so bummed every time something bad happens to us. Nate and I are currently in Kuala Lumpur and this is where we encountered bad luck for the first time. During our stay in the Perhentian Islands, I woke up with a small rash under my legs and butt. I used some rash cream we had and continued doing several dives a day thinking maybe it was just from the wet suit? By the day we left, it was bad. Real bad. Covering my entire butt and thighs! And we were on a night bus (with no bathroom!) and I was so itchy. Terrible.
We arrived in Kuala Lumpur and checked into a super clean hostel with a clinic downstairs. We went to the clinic and I showed the doctor my bum. He immediately knew what it was... prepare yourself... and don't judge... mites! Ewwwww. I still have to say ewwww every time I say it. Apparently we slept somewhere with unclean sheets and now I have mites. I choked back some tears as he was telling me how to get rid of them: cover my body in a special lotion and no shower, change sheets and towels, wash clothes, etc. I felt dirty. Please note I am telling you this because I figure only my friends and family actually read this blog so you won't judge :)
I'm not sure what I would do without Nate. He has literally been Doctor Saler and has had to apply all of my cream in my unreachable areas. If I was traveling by myself, the mites would probably never go away. If I didn't have a boyfriend with whom I've lived with for the past year or more, I would struggle. He has been nice (for the most part) and only teased me when he knew I could take it.
Well, the story goes on... Nate has had some itchy stuff going on around his ankle. We were both paranoid, thinking why do I have it and he doesn't? Does he have it? Will it keep spreading back and forth between us? So, off to see the doc again... no mites for Nate... (sorry Darlene for breaking all this medical news to you on the blog!)... Nate has a parasite. Again, pretty gross considering he got it from a fly that was playing around in dog or cat urine before biting him. But Nate is lucky - 3 pills and he's cured. He wins - his bad luck is better than mine!
We had one more unfortunate incident while staying here. One goal was to put all of our pictures on Snapfish for everyone to see and as a way to safely back them up. After using our camera and usb on the computer here, we were told it has a virus. Sure enough, the virus attacked our usb and all of our pictures from the past month were infected and gone. We spent the day tryin to figure out how to fix it and had no luck. I was mopey as I care so much about our pictures. But then at 9pm it finally worked on someone's Mac. The virus may still be there but our pictures are all up on Snapfish. Hooray! As Nate always says, everything works out... phew!
So we have spent our 3 days in KL recouperating. We ran a lot of errands, did tons of walking and saw the million shopping malls that they have here. We saw a few sites but focused on resting up because today we go to INDIA! We realized yesterday that we booked this flight back in April and made our whole trip work around this one flight. I can't believe it's time!
We have had an amazing first two months to our trip. The only bad weather we encountered was in Thailand and we easily made up for that in the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia where we had sun, beach and diving with whale sharks! We are looking forward to experiencing a new culture and are heading to India with open minds.
Hope you are all healthy and happy back at home. Miss you!
Allison and Nate