Monthly Archives: January 2011
Visiting a Thai Hospital
I only mention this because his illness forced me to spend far more time in hospitals than I ever hoped to spend. He spent almost three months in ICU unites, regular hospital rooms and nursing homes. He received kidney dialysis, CAT scans, X-rays, and almost every procedure you can think of. I saw first hand what the American medical system could do and I also I also had a front row seat to its downside.
When I mention to most people the idea of seeking medical treatment in another country, especially Thailand, it invokes a knee-jerk reaction. They couldn’t conceive of going to a hospital in Thailand. They assume the facilities are unsafe, unclean, and lacking in modern equipment.
This reaction is based mostly on ignorance.
Late last year I had the chance to visit the Bangkok Hospital in Ko Samui, Thailand. It was an eye opening experience.
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A Traveler’s View of Events in Egypt
As I have mentioned many times, and will probably mention many times more, travel makes you perceive a place differently after you’ve been there. (Please read my 2009 essay on Travel and Tragedy and the corresponding quote from Adam Smith.)
Last week there were riots and political protests in Tunisia and I watched the events as a detached observer. I’ve never been to Tunisia and I don’t know any Tunisians.
Then the riots spread to Egypt and my attitude changed. (more…)
Elephant Blowing Dust in Hartbeespoort Dam, South Africa
The actual color of African elephants is grey. However, they usually look brown or reddish brown because they cover themselves with dirt to protect their skin from the sun. This photo shows an elephant blowing dirt on its skin.
Thoughts on Acapulco
Here are a few observations from my brief stay in Acapulco, Mexico:
- I booked a place via Hostelworld.com. It turns out it was quite a bit out of town. The taxi ride from the airport was 610 pesos, and that was the price from the official desk in the airport. Once I got there, it turned out to just be a room attached to a house, and the family had no idea I was coming. Just as a kicker, they didn’t provide anything other than breakfast, and the only dining option was an all inclusive resort which was a 20 min walk away.