I’ve managed to make it through 35 and a half years of my life without ever getting the flu. My streak ended last week. I was feeling a bit under the weather and had a fever, so I went to the doctor for an exam. I had a feeling it might be the flu, but I was hoping that it was just a cold or something a little more minor. I took a flu test. It was awful! They stuck a swab deep into my nose and it was so uncomfortable. 15 minutes later, the nurse came out and told me that I had type A influenza. I didn’t really feel too horrible – the worst part about it was the really bad headache I was experiencing. For the next week or so, I had to quarantine myself at home. My head hurt so bad that I couldn’t listen to music or watch TV. I was so bored. Finally, when my fever went down and my headache went away, I was able to at least do some small things to occupy my time.
Every year around this time, the flu is going around and I’ve been lucky to avoid it for this long! Hopefully this will have been the last time I have to experience it!
ちなみに味噌は英語で”fermented soy bean paste” 直訳すると発酵させられた大豆のペーストです。
Before heading to Vietnam, Michael, Sam and I went to the Cup Noodles Museum in Osaka. Sam was ecstatic. I just wanted to eat noodles. Actually, the highlight of the museum was getting to make your own custom cup of noodles. First, you get the styrofoam container which you can decorate with markers. Then, you get your noodles and can pick your broth flavor. I picked chili tomato. After that, you pick four toppings to finish it off. I chose kimchi, pork, garlic, and cheese! Finally, you have your cup sealed with a lid and get to stuff it in an inflated plastic bag. Later that night I ate my noodles. They were delicious. If you like instant ramen, you should try your creative hand making your own at the museum!