Serbian Water

Trip Start May 22, 2007
Trip End Jul 03, 2007

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

By Kim:
We were joined on the train to Belgrade by a friendly German woman who works on a WWOOFing farm (willing workers on organic farms).  She has lived in Serbia for the past five years and was able to tell us a bit about Serbia and its people.  We decided to stay at a hotel recommended by our friend Paolo and spent our first day exploring the citadel, a massive area of ruins.  We also checked out the main pedestrian streets and had a dinner of serbian goulash and Serbian baklava.  Now, we dont know if it was the dinner or the water, but we both started vomiting around midnight and didnt leave the hotel room at all the next day.  We decided to spend one more night in Serbia to make up for our day of rest and recovery and checked out some beautiful cathedrals and the worlds largest orthodox church.  Tonight, we are taking the night train to Bratislava.
By Dan:
Let me go a little bit farther with this getting sick thing. We almost died! The streak ended. It has been six years since the last time I vomited! Well, now I am back to two days. I did not leave the hotel room for about 30 hours. On the bright side, I saw Shaft in Africa. It was great. Belgrade is a really great city. Kim was a bit concerned about coming here since we bombed the hell out of it a few years ago (good reason to be concerned), but I convinced her. And no, my convincing does know bounds because she refused to go to Bosnia. Anyway, this place is really nice as are the people. I encourage people to visit this pleasant and welcoming city.
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mmiller0713 on

The end of an era
At least you didn't have explosive diarrea.

wildneal on

You'll have to know that there is a name for the problem you both are having, incombination with the problem mmiller0713 reported can occur. The acronym is GBE, which stands for Goanna Both Ends. The name comes from the group of boys I am working with, which is named Goannas (sand lizard). I work as a wilderness therapist, taking kids on expeditions in the West Desert of Utah. The program theme is the Austrailian Outback, thus Goanna (aboriginal for sand lizard). 'Both Ends' comes from the chronic problem that only the boys (not me or the other staff) experience, which consists of throwing up and having diarrea. The latter can sometime be explosive and somtimes has been referred to as 'butt pee.' Hence, the 'GBE.' Sounds like you have only one part of it, which is good for you because I understand that GBE can be pretty uncomfortable. I do not mean to be unsympathetic, I am merely pointing out a simple point and parallel to what is going on back stateside. I am sorry that you both got sick, of course.



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