A Little Bug

I’ve eaten street food in India and Africa, sampled meat of unknown provenance in Mongolia, and dined on unpronounceable meals in the jungles of South America without getting really sick, but a quick dinner of Chinese food at Philadelphia International Airport cut me down. My crew and I were enroute to the Travels to the Edge Field Seminar in Bay Harbor, Maine. I started feeling poorly in our Bangor Hotel. After a brutal night spent trying to decide whether to sit on the toilet or hold on with both hands, I was transported to an ER where the doctors filled me with fluids and antibiotics. I had to skip an evening presentation, a first, but felt well enough to proceed by the time the Seminar began. Glad that’s over. Such is the glamour of life on the road.

8 Responses to “A Little Bug”

  1. Wow, I am glad your all right. You have been doing this long enough to be immune to most things. Never been to India but that is one place I could trust food, there is enough spice in it to kill the worst disease :).

    You could have spared the toilet bit but it was funny, one thing I like about your show is your sense of humor, its important.

    Just glad your ok, its tough to decide what will or won’t make you sick.

  2. Dave Prill says:

    Glad your feeling better, its amazing how we humans have that wonderful ability to look back on such trying times and they actually seem funny. Now remember the trouble with eating airport Chinese food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again. :)

  3. We can´t always win, sometimes we lose the bet!
    It happened to me in Peru, where I had some intestinal complications… Today, I even can laugh when I remember this episode, but in those days, suffering was my middle name! :)

    I hope you are better now!

    Best regards from Brazil!

  4. Susan Cower says:

    Glad to hear you are up and about again. I not only feel sorry for you, but for all the people who missed your presentation! You are a wonderful enlightening speaker – it really was a great loss for them.
    You take care now – we need you.

  5. Rick says:

    We were dining in a terrific Italian restaurant in Bar Harbor just over a week ago. The boisterous table over in the corner kept talking about footage and lenses. We assumed it was a photography group. Not until you guys got up and left did my wife say, “That looks like Art Wolfe.” Yep, that’s him, I confirmed. We’d attended one of your seminars in Seattle a hundred years ago, and of course recognized you from your books and programs. We’ve traveled to 60 countries on six continents and wouldn’t have been surprised to run into you in Africa or South America or Asia, but Bar Harbor, Maine?? Wished we’d had a chance to say hi.

    You looked fine to us, if not a tad tired (we overheard you guys say something to the effect of, “dawn comes early”). So I guess you did overcome your bug. Hope your stay (and work) in Maine was fun and productive! Will we see the results posted at some point?

  6. Jasonn G says:

    Double bucket is not fun. Good to hear you’re better.

  7. Pat Craven says:

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. We were in attendance for the Rockport, Maine presentation and were disappointed when we heard of your illness. Happy to hear it was not the Down East cuisine which sidelined you. Keep up the good work.

  8. Mick Levanon says:

    Ain’t that the truth. Philly normally has outstanding food, especially the Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, but it’s the airport that’ll always kill you. Glad you’re feeling better. Cheers from Saigon!

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