Another disease to worry about

Trip Start Apr 21, 2008
Trip End Apr 20, 2009

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

I really like Chizumulu. Beautiful island. A small paradise. I rented my own grass hut right by the lake for about $12 a night. Erica, Emma and myself are the only travellers here so it's nice to feel like we have a whole island to ourselves. It's very quiet and relaxing.It was a nice change of pace as Nhkata Bay had its fair share of backpackers by the end of my stay.
The island is quite small. Only 3000 people live here and the island can be walked in about 4-5 hours. When we woke up this morning, all 3 of us went for a hike in the southern part of the island. Again, the local kids would get excited when they saw us. SOme would even get scared as they would bury their head into their mom's chest and look away from our strange white faces.
Two local dogs followed us the whole way. They actually took the lead which was nice as I thought they would help spot any snakes along the way. Unfiortunately, they did a very bad job.They would just jump over them and I would be the first to spot them (and then I would yell "Snake!" to the girls). It would have been nice if they barked or something just to give us a heads up. They weren't dangerous snakes though.
After the hike, we just swam in the Lake. The lake is known for carrying this disease/parasite called Bilharzia. Many travellers (and locals) get it. Apparently, it is not fun when you get it. Lets just say worms get into your body and you eventually notice them in your stool. However, the Lake is too inviting and everyone just takes their chances. So malaria isn't the only disease I need to worry about while I am here.
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