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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Stomach bug, haircut

I had my first stomach trouble of my stay here this week. What did I eat, you ask? Was it 김치? 만두국? 붕오빵? No, it was not Kimchi or Manduguk or pungoppang. The culprit was 피자 and 지긴 텐더 - pizza and chicken tenders. And coke. No peppers, no weird fermented veggies, no unknown substances.

Speaking of unknown substances - I bought a bottle of aloe juice at the store. That stuff is delicious. It's got these little floating particles of aloe, almost like bubble tea, though not so nasty.

And the haircut. I went to the little salon on the 2nd floor, where for 7 bucks they cut my hair, shampooed me, and gave me a bit of "hair essence." There were 2-3 people stationed around me at all times, some of them speaking enough english to say things like "I wish your hair." They may also have been confused with my trogdor shirt, you know, since the dragon has manlegs, puny wings, and a big beefy arm coming out of his back. In any case it was pretty luxurious, but cost nothing due to a little something I like to call the Belassa-Samuelson effect. I learned about that in internationl macro class. pretty sweest stuff - for those of us in developing countries, anyway.


Bob said...

Mike, don't you mean the Balassa-Samuelson effect? C'mon, lets clean up the economic mumbo-jumbo.

The Bombanaut said...

Mike, I wish you a speedy recovery from the bowel-eating Korean parasite living in your belly. If it's a tapeworm, you should totally save it.

And the haircut...picture?

Mike said...

No, dude, I mean the Belassa-Samuelson effect. It's slightly different. Only the initiated would understand.

Sorry, buddy.

Adam said...

so sorry for my two week hiatus from posting, I have been off skiing in Vail.
About the illness... it occurrs to me that there are probably more unknown ingredients in coke and chicken tenders than in some strange chile that, while you may not know how to pronounce its name, is indeed only 1 ingredient.

Laura said...

Hi Mike! Sorry I haven't called you since I arrived in South Africa, things have been crazy. You can call me though! My cell number is 27 76 979 8081.

Get used to the somach bugs- a year in a developing country will do that to you. Did you bring any Cipro with you? I lived off the stuff when I was in Kenya. You shold totally get some if you didn't, and if you're stomach's upset for more than a couple of days.

Luckily, in South Africa, they have organic grocery stores. So I don't have to worry about any stomach problems!

Ok. Have fun! Good luck! i'm racking up those frequent flyer miles so that bobby and I can come visit!