Sunday, November 7, 2010

Jambo Means Hello in Swahili. A Guy at Disney Animal Kingdom Taught Me That.

In light of my commitment to document every phase of my Africa experience on the blog, I've got to share the low down on all my vaccines, right?

I got vaccinated last week. 

Like a baby.  Or a puppy.  Except, there weren't extra nurses there to do it all at once and get it over with- I gritted my teeth, repeated to myself over and over that this was all in the mind and the real pain was the anticipation, not the brief-sting of the needle, and darn it, no pain from a shot is comparable to natural childbirth, which I did with gusto, and I am doing this for all those kids I can't wait to hug and play and live with, and just SHUT UP MEGAN and get the thing done- so I did.

Hep A, Hep B, Typhoid, DPT, Flu Mist, and an Rx for Malaria Pills, which I hear are a thrill ride to take.  Count it up, that's four shots for Mama Bear.  Didn't cry once.

And while I'm thinking about Africa, I thought I'd do a little exercise.  What do you think about when you think about Africa?  Off the top of my head, I'm going to list the first ten things to hit my mind-

The Last King of Scotland
Dirty Water
Côte d'Ivoire

Hold up, that's more than 10.  Work with it.

So far, my knowledge comes second hand, from books, movies, other people's stories (and that safari I took at Animal Kingdom).  When I get back, I'll have real faces with names, smells, experiences, sensory-filled memories, and a first-hand account of my own. 


megan h said...

I didn't know you were going to Africa! How exciting!!! I spent a semester of high school in Cameroon... it will be an experience to never forget... all the shots are totally worth it :)

Kristen Maddux said...

No kidding, I worked at the Animal Kingdom and I drove the safari. Best. Job. Ever. "Jambo everyone and welcome aboard!"
All I learned from my time at Disney is about all I know of Africa too. I hope you have a blessed trip.