The Return from Argentina
The last few days of the trip were mostly spent waiting to leave and return from Argentina to the US. I had lost any interest in interacting with my travel partner, my cough was so bad I spent most nights awake, I could barely speak, and I was running a nasty temperature. What started as a cold had turned into something worse, something more like nasty flu. On top of that, the girl I went on the trip with turned out to be one of the worse travel partners I ever had. We spent a large portion of the trip fighting, and when we weren’t arguing with one another, we were giving the silent treatment to the other person in a force of wills as to who could be the most suborn.
The flight home was a glad one in the sense that it was happening, not so much in the time spent on an airplane before arriving back home in Seattle, where I had hoped the flu I was experiencing would improve. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until a week after returning before I was finally forced into going to the hospital where I was informed I had Scarlet Fever. Something I didn’t even know people could get any more. On the plus side, with modern antibiotics, I was in no danger of dying from it like past days, but I did spend the most of the rest of the summer recovering from the experience. For a good month after I was weak, slept most of the day and night, had no energy or apatite. Scarlet fever, I found out, really sucks.
Lessons From a Trip to Argentina:
- Don’t get sick on vacation. It sucks and makes the trip miserable. And if you do get sick, get medicine or you might end up with Scarlet Feature.
- Don’t travel with a crazy person. It might seem adventurous, but sometimes it would be better to travel alone.
- Uruguay is a beautiful country that tends to get skipped over for its larger neighbors.
- Even though it looks sunny, it can get cold in South America in the winter months.
- The food is awesome.
- It is possible to get by on limited Spanish, but it sure helps to know some as well.
- Take more pictures.