First of all, I decided to write in English in the next few weeks, because I would like to let participate in this wonderful India-immersion experience as many friends of mine, as many I can, and lot of them do not speak Italian.
It also means, that as in my Italian blog, also in the English one there will be lots of syntactical and morphological errors (hopefully the semantic will save himself from being handicapped, it is quite important, that you get the point!)
So the final countdown begins.
First of all, dudes – sorry, recently I become a fan from the Big Bang Theory, and Raj, the Indian astrophysicist is just so funny: “I don’t want to get back to India, it’s hot and loud and there are so many people”. The next one is nice as well.
What did we do in the last – at least three – weeks?
There were two possibilities to get it. First, we could have sent our passports to some travel agency that would have carried them to the Indian Visa Outsourcing Centre. Second, we – this is what we chose – could have brought them by ourselves. I mean, I don’t want to judge anyone’s trust, but given the situation with the Italian postal service, where so many things just disappear, that probably part of the Italian eBay could be based on those objects and given the importance of the passport for me – the only document in my possess to leave this wonderful country – we opted for a Milan trip. Detailed information is on the website of the embassy; before going automatically to Milan, make sure by a phone call, that you belong there. The requests are distributed between Rome and Milan, depending on your residence.
The service was excellent and getting the visas took only a week.
2. We got our vaccines.
Our journey is not risky. We don’t go to work as volunteers for any of the NGO-s, we won’t sleep in camping or tends or in any similar situation. Nonetheless we got our vaccines. Three shots to cover four different diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A and typhus.
And we ordered the medicine for the prophylaxis against the malaria. Malarone.
Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and other animals caused by eukaryotic protists of the genus Plasmodium. The disease results from the multiplication of Plasmodium parasites within red blood cells, causing symptoms that typically include fever and headache, in severe cases progressing to coma or death. It is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions, including much of Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
And further Wikipedia advises:
Malaria transmission can be reduced by preventing mosquito bites by distribution of mosquito nets and insect repellents, or by mosquito-control measures such as spraying insecticides and draining standing water (where mosquitoes breed). The challenge of producing a widely available vaccine that provides a high level of protection for a sustained period is still to be met, although several are under development. A number of medications are also available to prevent malaria in travelers to malaria-endemic countries (prophylaxis).
There is no objective and trustworthy information about what to do. The prophylaxis is not compulsory, but I don’t want to risk the death.
So many different websites, friends and even doctors told us, that it is enough, if we just got the repellents and the mosquito nets, but what I believe is that I never could sleep well or could enjoy any part of this trip, if I haven’t ordered this medicine. A package costs 58 euros, we need three packages to cover at least the days, and we are in India.
It seems that we finished the preparation of the trip. We have the flight tickets, every hotel is reserved, tickets for the local transportation are reserved, we have the visa and we took the shots. Two weeks remain….we can start organizing the details!