Around the World in 80 Days
Day 23: 17 October
'Mi-kel! . . . 'Ello Mi-kel . . . '
'Mi-kel, Mi-kel Jack-son!'
And even more poignantly, 'Mi-kel . . . 'ow are yoo?'
The first time I react very Britishly, with a complete fib. 'Fine . . . fine, thank you!'
But later when my resistance is lower it's not so easy to be British about it. 'Mi-kel, 'ow are yoo?'
'Not at all well!'
It doesn't really seem to make a scrap of difference what I say. They're just pleased to see me, whether white as a sheet and carrying an ever-decreasing roll of loo-paper or not. On my third and most traumatic visit they actually ask me to come and eat something with them which at that moment is a bit like offering a vegetarian a job in a butcher's shop. I clamber back into my pit feeling sorry for myself and a cockroach walks over my head. By the time dawn comes the idyll has gone. There's nothing like feeling ill to make you want to be at home, and the smell of frying onions and the sight of the morning omelette and chapati induce a sudden feeling of imprisonment.
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 23
- Date: 17 October
- Country/sea: Indian Ocean
- Place: Arabian Sea
- Book page no: 82
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