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A litany of small disasters ...

VIETNAM | Saturday, 7 January 2006 | Views [3017] | Comments [2]

Kai with his badly burn't hand which remained bandaged for the next two weeks of the trip.

Kai with his badly burn't hand which remained bandaged for the next two weeks of the trip.

Woke on the morning we were due to leave with the thought: WHAT are we DOING? The task at hand seemed (seems) dauting.

Surprisingly, although the flight was full, both Kai and Riu were on their best behaviour and actually pretty much sat still or slept or watched the movies or ate for the whole 9 hours of the flight to Japan. Not bad for a 3 year old I reckon.

Japan was a frosty 2 degrees but a Big family New Year gathering with Haraka and Keichiro and beer and sake and lucky money and excitement added more than enough warmth. Perhaps just a little too much: when we finally came to bed time, Kai managed to find the only oil stove without a guard around it in the whole house and, in his spirit of independence and curiosity, firmly plant the whole of his left hand squarely on the top ... which is hot enough to cook or boil water on! After half an hour of kicking and screaming with his hand in a plastic bag of iced water we carted him off to hospital to have it checked and dressed. And again the next day. Not the sort of thing you want to happen before you visit a country where the challenge of staying clean and free from dust is always present.

Day 2 in Japan: we all get a some sort of Flu that is going around there and all of us except Yuki spend the night throwing up. At this point it seemed highly unlikely that we could make the flight to Hanoi the next day, but the airlines insisted (not surprisingly at 11pm) that it was too late to change the date.

Question for World Nomads: Do you cover the cost of flight tickets in a situation where you simply can't travel for medical reasons, but can't change the flights? It seems no matter how much you read the policy wording, circumstances will always present themselves in ways never imagined. Life is unexpected indeed.

As it turns out, we didn't have to find out because by the morning, although we were all still green, we simply got it together, made it to the airport and came anyway.

So, Day 1 in Vietnam. Hot and dusty from feeeling ill, a long flight, and the streets of Hanoi. Running a bath for the kids and curious Kai toddles in to the bathroom and manages to firmly place his same scorched hand firmly on the hottest part of the hot tap that has just been running. More cold water. Gee, at this point we are seriously wondering why we even bother.

But, sound asleep, tomorrow always brings something new.

Tags: accidents, adventures, disaster, family, health, kai, misadventures, travel with children




it has been said before...

"There are two kinds of travel--first class and with children."
--Robert Benchley (American, 1889 - 1945)

  crustyadventures Jan 10, 2006 3:22 PM


In circumstances like these we'd suggest you call the Emergency Numbers printed on your policy certificate and we can advise you what to do. As it happens, in the event that you simply couldn't fly, nor change the date, nor get a refund, or possibly cancel the whole trip and return home, yes, we'd be able to cover you. That's what we're here for. It all depends on the circumstances though, so hence we'd suggest you call first.

  philthy-nomad Mar 13, 2006 11:00 AM

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