- Let's start with the chapter on sleep.
I'm not a very demanding person when it comes to looking for a room to spend a night at. At least when I am on a pleasure trip, especially if I am touring a developing country. I think it doesn't make much sense expecting rich-country standards in a place that is not actually rich.
The only phobia, nightmare, paranoia that makes me clench my teeth and shut my eyes tight for a few minutes after lying down has a slightly funny name: bedbugs! In the west we have nearly got rid of them when we used to lightheartedly spray the content of an entire can of DDT to kill a fly. After this extremely toxic product was banned, so that we didn't get rid of a few million human beings along with the parasites, in some areas the problem has started to emerge again.
They are really similar to the green bugs I used to torture when I was a child, the ones that have their revenge for being squashed by emitting a very unpleasant smell (we complain for a little stench but we should keep in mind that the poor ones have to die in order to ooze the stinking fluid). The specimens I'm talking about are much smaller though, just a few millimeters long, of a color that ranges from brick-red to brown, depending on how much blood they have inside. Someone else's blood, I mean. As a matter of fact these tiny bastards are parasites and in order to leisurely feast on your red blood cells they inject a dose of anesthetic that, on the most sensitive subjects (raising my hand here), will cause some swollen spots, red and very itchy. Unlike mosquito bites the effect of these ones can last up to a week or longer, with an intensity that can subside for a little while, making you think it's finally over, to increase again provoking violent fits of hysteria, along with blasphemous outburst rather bold and creative.
Later on I overhear a French guy talking about the same thing with two German tourists. When the couple leaves I approach him and ask him what that is all about.
"At first someone told me that there are some micro jellyfish in this bay…"
"Right, I also thought that was bullshit, so I asked someone else."
"Plankton, of a particular species. It will attack you because your body is warmer than the water."
"Well, sandflies, bedbugs, even the torturing-plankton…a journey to Asia can help you to appreciate our good old mosquitos, once you're back to Europe."
I told you I would do that…actually I let the Frenchman do it.
More pictures below:
|Fucking insects/3 (and I'm not talking about the fly here...)|