In my mind, I am immune to being sick in Pakistan. I am not one of those people who get sick because of the change in atmosphere or water. I am also immune to all kinds of “Gol Gappy”, ” Dahi Ballay”, “chaat” etc of road side stalls and “Thelas”. I have always been VERY proud of this fact.
I love to brag it out to my friends, saying ooh no, I am a total Desi. Just because I live abroad does not make me an outsider.
This trip proved me wrong on so many levels that now my head is hanging in shame. And I am regretting my decision of eating like a Desi.
2nd day in Pakistan and we went to my cousins house where I ate ” Laddo Peethi”. Than on our numerous shopping adventures, I had “Papri Chaat” and ” Paratha Roll” from Lahori Chatkhara. I also drank Slush which is basically flavoured ice for a drink. Ooh and I forgot to mention the ice cream. And Jalaybiyan, Samosay which were delivered to the house for “Sham ki Chai”. Hot tendors, Nuggets and Chunks of K & Ns graced us with their presence. All this in one week.
So now I have been in bed for the whole day with a tissue box on my right and used tissue pile on my left. My brain is fuzzy and confused not registering what I am reading. I have the full package which includes high fever, flu and the saddest, meanest, most disgusting cough ever heard. Did I mention the headaches ?
The Desi bacha is sick. Who is not so desi anymore. I don’t hate being sick. I just hate not being able to function properly.
So if you want to function properly and have the best travelling experience, than don’t assume that you are fool proof. Do as they say about restraining from road side foods.
I know. I know. It sucks.
But lets be honest. Going to Khaadi with a bundle of tissues in your hand, swaying side by side and feeling like crap is no fun either.
P.S. If you were wondering, I did not refrain from anything. I am still eating and drinking all the crappiest awesome stuff Pakistan has to offer. After all you get this chance very rarely.