So many of my immediate family and some of my extended family are currently in China right now on a whirlwind tour of the country. My parents, sister, my sister’s husband, his parents, my aunt, my uncle, a cousin, and that cousin’s husband are all on this trip. I believe separately everyone has been to Hong Kong before and some have been to China too but this is a guided tour and having everyone together is a special occasion.

Before leaving, I cautioned everyone who would listen to take some precautions. I specifically said not to drink the local tap water under any circumstances. You can only do so much because even if you avoid tap water, you still have to eat the local cuisine and that’s a just a crap shoot, pun not intended? Well, as I feared, my sister just informed me via the Internet that everyone in the group, except for my brother-in-law and his parents, came down with food poisoning for the last day or so.

It’s stuff like this that makes me hesitant to travel to parts of the world where things are a bit more “rustic” and you can definitely put China into that category. I hope everyone feels better very soon and that they can continue the rest of the tour without incident.

2 thoughts on “DON’T DRINK THE WATER”

  1. When I heard about this, I felt bad for them all. I can’t imagine any worse than a churning gut and explosive piss-poo while stuck on a tour bus! I don’t know how Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmerman can travel to all those exotic places and eat the local street food without getting violently sick.

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