I have never been one to have the best of luck when traveling, from as simple as twisting my ankle on the first day in Montreal, food poisoning in Cabo San Lucas, to a flesh eating foot infection in Rome. None the less it doesn't slow me down. I push forward through the pain, bandage what needs to be bandaged, and ibuprofen as needed. It was all part of the experience, right? I got out of the habit years ago of keeping a blog of my day-to-day and random life-hacks. My old blog was never directly related to travel specifically, but seemed to incorporate trips and outings around Portland quite often. There was always something that occurred that was worth adding a bit of humor to a few readers routine. I have thought about the blogging days and out of all those posts I think the rendition of our Puerto Vallarta trip from 2008 is probably my all time favorite. Catching a parasite, surviving, and finding humor in my "near death" experience. This was also one of those rare occurrences that I could not push through the pain and continue. I had to take a knee and there was no taking that next step without that small voice in my head, "you are not going to make it!":
To add to the humor, Rehan wrote his own rendition of the trip. Without comparing notes or reading the other ones post, below was his version of the events that occurred those couple weeks. Same story, different perspective:
After all things said and done I obviously survived that glorious trip I called a "fast acting diet". It has been over nine years and we still talk about this trip, the events that unravelled during and after, and "wormy". Most of all, we have been back to Puerto Vallarta twice since then and have not had an issue. Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful city and has a lot to offer. They have updated the city to make it more tourist friendly, but they kept that old charm I fell in love with it back in 2008. The taco stands are still there, even with plastic over the plates, the nightclubs have changed, but thats to be expected, and the Malec'on has the same statues and photo-ops as before, if not even more now. The city is sweltering hot during the day, but comes to life with lights and color at night. I look forward to visiting there again. Each time, bringing a whole new adventure.