This is one of the best bathroom signs I’ve ever seen:
It was pinned to the door of a bathroom stall in a hostel in Barranco, Lima and my first confrontation with the wide-spread practice: anything biological goes in the loo, everything else in the trashcan.
I think this sign provides excellent advice – in a bathroom or elsewhere. Because, as I found out a few weeks later, incidents aren’t limited to bathroom facilities. After eating what turned out to be dubious chicken, it popped back up with little warning while I was strolling along the Plaza de Armas in Cuzco.
Food poisoning makes us feel miserable, no question. But while we’re at it, we might as well make the best of a bad situation.
Here’s what we did. In Lima, I was sharing an apartment with four other people from four continents. We were all dealing with the occasional stomach bug. At one point, two of us were feeling really awful, so we decided to do the only thing that made sense to us at the time: have fun with it! So, we founded The Couch Club. Admission requirements: bacteria and parasites. Membership meant having a license to veg…guilt-free! Pretty nifty comfort joy!
There is a good side to feeling crappy…but you have to want to see it. When you’re sick half way around the world, it brings people closer and opens up new ways to relate to one another: