Dagami - Take Two!
Trip Start May 07, 2012
27Trip End May 30, 2012
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Doesn’t it figure that the day they both feel terrible it’s a very busy day at the clinic. We saw over 20 patients in the first hour alone. Again today, many young mothers pregnant with crazy amounts of children at home (9, 7, etc…). Today kept them very busy in the clinic and we also spent some time in the medical laboratory with the lab tech. She was doing TB slide smears and we were able to watch her intake patients for possible TB and urinalysis
After clinic we had lunch at a wonderful Italian restaurant (Gustivin’s) in Robinson’s. It’s so funny to order food here because you really never know what you are going to get. Photos and descriptions on restaurant menus aren’t really followed and the Filipinos have a really hard time with vegetarianism. Meaning they think I’m nuts whenever I order or ask for anything with no meat. Today I order Pasta al Olio which should be spaghetti noodles with olive oil (according to the photo). It comes out piled with basil in their version of a VERY strong pesto sauce. My noodles are neon green. I don’t mind it, as I do like pesto and there’s not meat so I’m content. This meal was a bit more expensive than our normal lunches; I spent about $5 today versus the usual $2-3, so it’s safe to say this was a "fancy" lunch. I loved it regardless.
Weather this afternoon is questionable again. It’s no fun to be caught in a rainstorm since the roads flood terribly and then you’re treading through standing water (which often is sewer here). We are still trying to get some souvenirs from our trip as the girls are all worried about what to bring home to their families
After the attempt at shopping we decided to finish the afternoon with a trip to Santa Nino Shrine. This is a historical home was built for the late Ferdinando Marcos for his wife, Imelda and turned into a museum. Markos is a big political leader and Imelda was born in Tacloban and he and his wife are friendly with leaders from around the world. This home was built to house all the gifts received from these leaders and they have never actually lived in it
I’ve got a girl very sick today, throwing up and coughing like crazy. All but one person on our trip has experienced some type of minor illness since we’ve been here. Normal for traveling to a third world country and having exposure to the type of pollution we have been. I’m watching this one and hoping for the best as we are now on the homestretch to returning to the US.