Sunday, February 12, 2006
Everything is arranged for my next trip to Africa. This time, the destination is Burundi in Central Africa. I’m leaving next Monday, and it will take me two days to get there. On the first day, I’ll take a plane to Nairobi, Kenya, where I’ll stay for the night. The next day it’s a short flight to Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. I’ll stay there until the 3rd of March and I’ll be back on the 4th.
My visa should be in order this week and last Friday I went to the Institute of Tropical Medicine to get a prescription for drugs to prevent malaria from taking control over my body. It was very busy and crowded, and I had to wait for a full two hours before it was my turn. The doctor insisted on giving me the whole diarrhoea and malaria speech, which I know by heart by now. I tried to make him notice that I’m a well experienced traveller, but there was no stopping him giving me the whole lecture. If it’s watery take this, if it’s slimy and/or bloody, do that, sleep under a sleeping net (against malaria mosquitoes’ bites), smear your body with mosquito repellent every four hours, yacketee yacketee yack yack and blah blah blah.
Anyway, I decided to ask another malaria drug, since the one I took the previous times made me a tad aggressive two days after I took it (which you have to do weekly). Afterwards, I felt a bit depressed too. The one I got now doesn’t have all those side-effects, but you have to take it every day instead of once a week. But it is incredibly expensive, I had to shove a hefty 180 € over the counter of the pharmacist’s.
Luckily, the office will pay the bill.