The most frequent piece of feedback I've heard since telling people that I'm taking an African vacation is ... "be sure to get all your vaccinations."
Done. So, i started taking the Typhoid vaccine last night. Since we're a week from departure, and since the doctor told me to start taking it a week from departure, i - like i do with all things i have to remember for the following day - wrote it on my hand. Then i decided to read the wad of instructions that came with the vaccine and learned that i am supposed to COMPLETE the vaccine (there are only four pills, to be taken once every other day) at LEAST a week before departure. Great. Thanks, Doc. I decided not to read on about symptoms, but i'll probably know soon enough.
oh yeah ... packing (uncharacteristically) has begun. I got a huge can of mosquito-killing solution and a variety of liquid repellents that will have me smelling like Deet (and will possibly be disintegrating my flesh) for weeks.
everything will slip comfortably into place in a few days when i'm en route (and by comfortably, i mean i'll gear up to take on the new universe i'll be entering). I am meeting my Brits (old friends from Univ of Wales) for a "piss up" in London before leaving the Western World. Should be fun.
I really am excited about tigers. Not being chased by ... but admiring from afar. Of course.