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Aug 19th 2010 9:17AM Awesome idea. I can't wait to follow their trip.
Aug 10th 2010 4:22AM I'm also no doctor, but I did live and work in Guatemala for two years as a student coordinator for a Spanish school targeting gringo students from other parts of the world. Virtually all the students got parasites while in Guatemala.
I got Giardia twice until I tried grapefruit seed extract. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grapefruit_seed_extract
You can do a lot with it -- clean counters, disinfect fruit and vegetables, gargle it. But the best way to not get parasites in the first place is to put about 10 drops of grape fruit seed extract in water and drink it every day!
Kills all the bacteria and works like a charm. And you avoid the antibiotics.
Aug 9th 2010 7:12AM I am from the US, but live in Sweden, where you get 25 vacation days if you're fully employed. It's really unbelievable and people are well balanced here.
The interesting thing is that Swedes treat vacation differently than people in the US. For example, I've talked to a number of people lately who are using their vacation days to paint their house or do work on their summer hut.
People do cherish their vacation here, but it's just that you get so much of it, you can't really fill it up with constant traveling.
I've had three weeks already and will be going to the states at the end of August. My family in the states is jealous of me and don't really understand how it works.
I do think that Americans will begin to get more vacation time....it will just take fifty years or so.
Until then, here's to 10 days (if you're lucky).