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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Venezuela
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Our interview is scheduled for August 31st. The plan is for G to come in October and I've been thinking so much about the future! G is a big fan of chicken particularly KFC in Venezuela-- and so I'm excited to take him to different places with better chicken... like Chick-Fil-A!

Then I got to thinking.... you always hear stories of "traveler's diarrhea and well, I was sick for a good 2 weeks during my first trip to Venezuela! I know there is bacteria in all water, but that people tend to become immune to the bacteria in the water in the native land. So going out of the country and being introduced to new bacteria may cause sickness or infection.

Because of all of that... I'm not sure if I should hold off on introducing him to fast food and restaurants for fear that he have some and like it and then later vomit it all up and then Chick-Fil-A is ruined for him for life! lol

What was your experience?

How long before you drank tap water/ drank water with ice in it/eat raw fruits and vegetables? How did it effect you?

Did you get sick fairly soon after getting here? How long did it last?


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I am from the UK and things don't appear much different. However when ever I visited I got consitiption for the first two weeks. Since moving after about a month I noticed my skin was getting bad even though I was eating all of the same type of things. I did however get really bad stomach ache after eating white castle - so bad my hubby had to drive to the pharmacy in the middle of the night to get me something!

Another thing that affected me is bug bites = even mosquitoes. Even though I was used to them I got bitten really bad and had reactions. I also got bitten by a spider as I slept and the reaction for me was huge compared to my hubby who was used to these things.

I dont drink tap water but I eat ice and have had no issues. Hope this helps.

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I am from the UK and things don't appear much different. However when ever I visited I got consitiption for the first two weeks.

Ditto.

The tap water has chemicals in it, so I don't drink it. That and it tastes gross. I stick to bottled water.

The veggies also have some issues in some places (either very bland or look like they've been run over by a truck), so you have to make sure you get them fresh! Walmart produce section is awful, so I go to Hanaford or Shaws.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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The tap water here tastes awful. I am from the Great Lakes region of Canada, and the tap water at home is actually drinkable. It takes natural and normal to me. Here, it tastes like there is chlorine or some other chemical in the water, and makes me feel ill. So, like Gemmie, I stick to bottled water.

Other than that, I didn't have any issues, aside from my skin getting very dry the first month or so. I think it was just a difference in climate and temperature. I adapted and my skin is completely normal again.

Good luck at your interview! :)

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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I found that the water here has an extreme amount of chlorine in it, so I stick to bottled water and have installed one of th Pur filters on the faucet for when I make juice and cook. When I was in my first trimester and suffering from morning sickness, I would have to hold my breath when I turned on the tap because the smell of chemicals was so strong!!! As for food and produce, I haven't had any issues.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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Like most of you guys, we also don't drink tap water. I'm not picky when it comes to food, however, I don't like how the sausage tastes. It is just very different from our sausage in the Philippines. Ohh I love Chik-Fil-A :)

I noticed that my facial skin gets dry easily here, especially when I first came, hubby told me it will be worst in the winter :( And having used to live in a tropical country, I'm sure I'll have a hard time in the winter.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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Did you get sick fairly soon after getting here? How long did it last?
The wife-to-be was sick just about the minute she got off the plane, due to sleep-lack and overindulgence at something like four consecutive "despedidas" (going-away parties) before she left, si man: sinus and upper respiratory infections, cough man.

U.S. tap water is safe to drink, in contrast with that of Ecuador (and especially Guayaquil). If it tastes funny at first, build up toward developing a taste for it.

One very important recommendation (one that I have too often ignored and lived to regret) is to drink water like a ####### before, during, and after long airplane trips. Remaining well-hydrated can keep a lot of secondary health conditions -- including the digestive -- from developing at all, si man.

Regarding food, moderation is important. Try not to "puerco out" on too many foods that are too, uh, alien, si man. If he tries a few bites and likes it, try more, but avoid overindulging right away until it's seen how his digestive system tolerates it. Buffet restaurants (ethnic or American food) are good grounds for testing tolerance -- bearing in mind that American buffet restaurants can soak their products in butter, and that ethnic restaurants can overapply spices or herbs or other items that may not be in such large proportion elsewhere. Again, when unsure, test in moderation. (My own philosophy is to stuff myself until I'm about to be sick, si man.)

This reminds me of the joke:

Customer: Waiter! This coffee tastes like MUD!

Waiter: It should, sir; it was GROUND this morning.

:bonk:


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Venezuela
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The wife-to-be was sick just about the minute she got off the plane, due to sleep-lack and overindulgence at something like four consecutive "despedidas" (going-away parties) before she left, si man: sinus and upper respiratory infections, cough man.

U.S. tap water is safe to drink, in contrast with that of Ecuador (and especially Guayaquil). If it tastes funny at first, build up toward developing a taste for it.

One very important recommendation (one that I have too often ignored and lived to regret) is to drink water like a ####### before, during, and after long airplane trips. Remaining well-hydrated can keep a lot of secondary health conditions -- including the digestive -- from developing at all, si man.

Regarding food, moderation is important. Try not to "puerco out" on too many foods that are too, uh, alien, si man. If he tries a few bites and likes it, try more, but avoid overindulging right away until it's seen how his digestive system tolerates it. Buffet restaurants (ethnic or American food) are good grounds for testing tolerance -- bearing in mind that American buffet restaurants can soak their products in butter, and that ethnic restaurants can overapply spices or herbs or other items that may not be in such large proportion elsewhere. Again, when unsure, test in moderation. (My own philosophy is to stuff myself until I'm about to be sick, si man.)

This reminds me of the joke:

Customer: Waiter! This coffee tastes like MUD!

Waiter: It should, sir; it was GROUND this morning.

:bonk:

So... moral of the story.... "Drink water like a #######, si man" jaja gracias!


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One very important recommendation (one that I have too often ignored and lived to regret) is to drink water like a ####### before, during, and after long airplane trips. Remaining well-hydrated can keep a lot of secondary health conditions -- including the digestive -- from developing at all, si man.

I get the worst headaches if I fly and end up getting dehydrated. I have learned these are wise words through hard experienc. And I never touch anything with alcohol before or during flying.


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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Indonesia
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I'm from Indonesia, born and raised. Lived there til I was 17. In Jakarta we boil our drinking water.

When I came here I started drinking tap water from day 1. Ate whatever the college cafeteria was serving.

Didn't have any digestive problems that I can remember, from KFC or chic-fil-A .. of course that was almost 11 years ago now so my memory of my first days here are a bit hazy!

Actually now that I think of it, first time having taco bell was not the best digestive experience :blush::lol:

The one thing I remember that surprised me was that summer nights can sometimes be chilly.. No one told me that.

I was prepared to be cold in the winter, but had no idea that you can be a little chilly in the summertime too!

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Country: Brazil
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Lol. Getting a stomach after eating Whitecastle doesn't surprise me at all!

I think you should be very gentle about introducing the too many US restaurants in the first month...usually in South American countries there is a very low level of grease and fats--not so in the US. I have to be careful myself even though I am a USC, every time I go back to the US after being gone I can get malaise from the food.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Italy
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water tastes gross, no wonder that many Americans have white teeth with all the chlorine they drink. I don't think I will ever get used to it, that's why I switched to beer :)

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Filed: Other Country: Canada
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even in Canada I didn't like drinking water from the tap :P

for the first little while of living here in the US I would buy bottled water but then awhile back I bought a Brita filter pitcher.. it is a lot cheaper then buying bottled water all the time...


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Germany
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I can only agree with you guys on tap water! Not a good idea!

As to the food, I have a hard time dealing with all the sugar and grease! Taco Bell, Chick-a-filet and Co. are totally out of question for me. Cramps, stomach aches, bad skin, weight gain, whatever you want.

I only eat out at good and fresh restaurants avoiding any kinds of chains, or we cook at home. John has to appease his fast food and fries cravings by himself, unfortunately. :innocent: I totally avoid any TV dinners etc., too. They mess me up. I also wouldn't recommend Chinese buffets... :no:


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Belgium
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My hubby didn't have much problem with it, but Belgium has fryers ever other street. :lol: He did gain a lot of weight though compared to when he ate similar things here in Belgium. He visited for only a couple months and gained 10lbs. XD Too much Mountain Dew and Frozen Burritos! lol He loves the food though. We can't drink the water in Hanford so it wasn't really an issue to drink water from the tap, I would avoid it though as most of the time unless you live off of well water, tap really doesn't taste or smell good.

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