FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Sunday, February 22, 2015

FAO Pro Tip #4: Till bacteria do us part with CIPRO

This post is about CIPRO but really, the important takeaway is to have a system and checklist for your medicine bag.  Over preparation is key to any successful trip in Madagascar and Comoros.

First the BAD NEWS: 
Is CIPRO good for your body? Not really.  It kills bacteria ALL bacteria in your stomach--even the good bacteria.  That means you will be more susceptible to getting sick again shortly after you take it.
Now the GOOD NEWS: 
Within an hour of being in gut-wrenching pain on a bathroom floor or of spending hours with your backside glued to the toilet bowl--you will find glorious relief.  When you are traveling as a FAO you can rarely afford to have a sick day--meetings with host nation counterparts can't always just be rescheduled.  CIPRO allows you to make it work.

I heartily endorse the holy trinity when traveling: CIPRO-IMMODIUM-PEPTO.  The perfect combination--don't leave home without it.

Past FAO Pro Tips:

FAO Pro Tip #1: Ode to Vaporub
FAO Pro Tip #2: You Are Only a Handshake Away
FAO Pro Tip #3: There's a Reason NASA packs duct tape

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