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Still here, dammit

I was supposed to wake up this morning in Zacatecas, but in the family germ swap a week ago I managed to come down with a nasty cold. Until I kick it I think I should stay in the land of central heating and avoid overnight bus rides.

If anyone has a quick fix for the upper respiratory blues let me know. Right now I'd like to roto-rooter my sinuses and get on with it as my window for travel is shrinking fast.

If I'm better in a couple of days I might still go but take a less ambitious trip -- perhaps to Monterrey to check out the MARCO, the Macroplaza and New Year's Eve with the fresas in the Barrio Antiguo. I've always favored rural, historic and working-class Mexico and indulged in some heavy reverse snobbery about the modern comforts available to the affluent, but having seen the comfortable side of Rio I'm wondering how the other half lives in post-NAFTA Mexico.

Anybody been to Monterrey lately who can tell me whether such a trip would be worth the trouble?

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My three-step cold dealing process - I usually feel better enough to face the world after, although I smell very menthol-y.
1. Roto rooter = saline, in the bottles from the drugstore. Nasty, but helpful.
2. Big old mug of The Recipe: put a Brach's Starlite mint and a Hall's Honey Lemon Mentholyptus cough drop in a mug (no other brands work). Pour boiling water in until 2/3 full. Cut a lemon in half, squeeze it in the mug (throw the carcass in, too). Stir it all up, and after it's cooled down for a couple minutes, hit it with a small slug of bourbon.
3. Rub Vicks vapo-rub all over your neck and clavicle and then put on a T shirt that's warm from the dryer.

Ellen [helliemae cxe gmail punkto com] • 2004.12.28
Thanks, HM! I'm feeling a bit better today and trying to decide whether I can get my gear and rear together and hop a bus this evening. If not I'll hit CVS for Starlites and Hall's. Do they sell bourbon, too?

We should start a blog just for folk medicine like this. Although it probably exists already.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2004.12.28
Reporting in from the road, where my most pressing concern is that I canīt figure out where they hide the damned "at" sign on these Spanish-language keyboards.

So far Monterrey is manageable but nothing to shout about. The MARCO didnīt live up to my hopes. Iīm trying to decide whether to bail and head further into Mexico, even though my tight schedule will require me to turn around as soon as I get somewhere.

P.S. Donīt ever take Greyhound if you have a choice -- details later.

Prentiss Riddle • 2004.12.30
Perhaps the name is better than the town, but if you can touch a cobblestone in Zacatecas, you'll fulfill one of MY travel fantasies!

Hope you stay well and find some fun.

Gabriel Suerte [gabriel cxe suerte punkto com] • 2004.12.31
I missed you in Monterrey by a month. If you make it to Zacatecas, make sure to get some of Dona Julia's gorditas near el centro.

oso [oso cxe el-oso punkto net] • 2004.12.31
I made it, but ILm way too gordo for any more gorditas -- other than a ride up to the Cerro de la Bufa about all ILve done in my 24 hours heree is eat. Tonight I hop an overnight Autobuses Americanos bus an should return to Austin in time to blog all about it before my daddy duties take over again.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2005.01.02
glad you are feeling better...

If the sinus problem comes back, use a neti (sp?) pot. Usually you just put saline in it, pour it up one nostril while bent over in the tub, and let it go out the other. It feels weird, but if you are bent over you do not get the unpleasant snort up water effect you get jumping in water wrong. I heard for infections, you can put a little hydrogen peroxide in it, but you would have to research it to find out how much. Zinc is good too.

Jeanne [nopaloma cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2005.01.02
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