Watch Out For The Malaria
Yesterday I was at the post office, mailing some books and other items to Argentina in anticipation of my arrival in mid-May. Anyone who has been to a post office in the US (actually this is probably universal) knows that they are famous for their world-class customer service *wink*. Since I had about 30 things to mail out that day, the clerk started talking to me about the fact that I'm moving to Argentina. On the way out, she advised me to, "Watch out for the malaria."
This is the second time someone has advised me to watch out for the malaria in Argentina. The other time was from my own mother on one of my previous trips down there. I hate to pick on my own mother here, but this once again reminded me of the fabulous ignorance of the average person (my own family included) with regards to places outside the USA. I was always somewhat skeptical about those surveys that say 50% of Americans can't locate Canada on a map, but these days I'm not so sure.