Culture Shock #2

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

We were warned that the mosquitos were going to bad in Florence. However, ‘bad’ does not bring mosquito bites to justice. They are absolutely terrible. Mosquitos are everywhere in Florence. In the restaurants, in our bedroom, in our kitchen, in our bathroom. You can’t escape them.

Although the mosquitos look the same as they do in the U.S., the bites aren’t like the ones at home. They are a lot more painful during the initial bite, and after they swell up like a balloon. I have them all over my legs, and two of the most painful ones were on my right cheek and my left ring finger. My finger puffed up so much that I got a ring stuck on it (which never happens)!

When you think culture shock, you probably don’t think of mosquitos, but this has been one of the toughest things to get used to (as silly as it sounds). We have a plug that’s supposed to ward them off, but clearly it doesn’t do much. One of these days I’ll go to the farmacia and get a creme I can put on my bites or spray on insect repellent.

So there you have it. My culture shock spiel for the day. Luckily, it’s going to cool down soon, and the mosquitos will disappear! xo ~e.

Word of the day: farmacia (pharmacy)

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