Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The canals are beautiful, but...
The canals are beautiful, but have a downside. Namely, they are a fantastic breeding ground for mosquitos. Now, I have not seen any mosquitos yet in Amsterdam. However, I am certain that they breed a new, stealthy kind of mosquito here as evidenced by the numerous itchy red welts on my legs, feet and arms.
Today before class, the conversation between my classmates and I was a comparative study of our bites - the number, size, location and intensity, etc. It was rather pathetic, to be honest. We are suffering, however. Forget water-boarding as a torture device. I am certain that mosquito bites are more painful.
Yesterday, I bought what I thought was a plug-in citronella diffuser and citronella oil (based on the picture on the packaging). Once I got back to the apartment, I discovered that I had purchased only the oil. I also learned that "voor" in Dutch means "for." I've made-do without the diffuser by pouring some of the citronella oil on a dishcloth and laying that on the window sill. Because I have yet to see any of the stealthy-mosquitos, I will not know for certain if this is working until I end up with more bites (or hopefully not).
I saw some spray-repellant "met DEET" (with DEET), but didn't buy any because I need to research if DEET is dangerous or not. Somehow, it sounds familiar like I've read something about it. Anyway, if you have any suggestions or advice, please feel free to post a comment below.