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#2218: Laleau comments on water and dysentry
Water -- Don't trust the water in even certain first-class hotels which I
don't want to name. They may say it's "purified," but unless you see the
bottle it came in, don't count on it. Or maybe the purification system is
faulty -- I don't know -- but the several of the very few times I really got
diarrhea came after drinking first-class-hotel water that I was assured had
been purified -- the more I had drunk, the worse my bout with the bathroom.
And I am absolutely sure that no other food or drink had passed my lips on at
least one of those days... This probably goes for juices as well,
unfortunately, although I had a problem only when I'd drunk at least one full
glass of water, continuing on up to 3-4 on really hot days.
I ate lots of food prepared on the street and never had a problem. I did
have a problem once with some sort of eclair that I bought in a bakery in
P-au-P but didn't eat till later -- I think the cream had perhaps had time to
spoil. I ate lots of great foods prepared in the countryside by peasants and
never had a problem. Fortunately, there's always Juna and those little
plastic-covered frozen popsicles on the street to quench thirst.