By sicksicksick - 01/06/2012 08:41 - Senegal

Today, after years of lobbying for a travel job, I'm finally in Africa. Everything I eat or drink comes violently back out both directions. When I don't eat or drink, I pass out. Essentially I have to choose between illness and consciousness. Hello, fabulous new job. FML
I agree, your life sucks 27 226
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Well I think you should eat food rather then starve to death, maybe your body will adjust eventually.

holy fuck, more people recognize that as Kelly Clarkson lyrics than a Nietzsche quote now? kind of sad $:


Well I think you should eat food rather then starve to death, maybe your body will adjust eventually.

asoptavlo14 6

Depends on what he's eating..

Chixken 6


I'm sure OP's body will become used to the food. It's only a matter of time. In the meantime she has to puke and shit violently everywhere (not necessarily in that order).

Yeah, you just got to hope that what doesn't kills you makes you stronger :/

She should try familiar food first such as bacon and eggs etc before slowly adjusting to the African diet

36- that type of food might not be available to her

Correct. There bacon isn't our bacon. But she can get eggs good bread and tea for breakfast. And various stores sell American merchandise all I really ate was ramen noodles for awhile.

25- Isn't that some song lyric?

58- Well i think its a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche but also it's in a kanye west song.

61- It also happens to be a Kelly Clarkson song, whose exact lyrics are: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger..." Considering that song came out recently, I have a feeling that is most likely what they were quoting, if not Friedrich Nietzsche.

61- Kanye West huh? Hmm, I was thinking of a female artist. It was bugging me, so I looked it up... It is Kelly Clarkson, apparently.

62- Yeah, I assume people meant the song lyrics, but I thought people would like to know its original origin incase they didn't already. :) 63- yeah I forgot about Kelly Carlson, but it is also a kanye west song.

Oops...62 beat me to it.

Just eat slowly and make sure you take smaller sips of water. (:

holy fuck, more people recognize that as Kelly Clarkson lyrics than a Nietzsche quote now? kind of sad $:

KiddNYC1O 20


That quotes also in a Metallica song.

DKjazz 20

I don't care if it makes her stronger. I just hope it doesn't kill her! That's what I'm concerned about.

There is NO such thing as an African diet. I'm South African and even within the country we have different dietetary preferences. We are one huge cultural group you know. We don't even recognise each other's languages.

OP just be lucky you have available food... Doyou know how many Africans (especially eastern Africans) don't have food let alone water... Yeah fyl because you're sick but at least you have food and water. More like ftl...

dsbs 9

Should have brought your own food/water. Me and my coworkers have to do that when traveling to Japan.

#132 But Japanese cuisine is delicious! I stayed there for a week and the food is great, it is very healthy and it is delicious. I feel sad you didn't like it :( because you missed out.

Careful what you wish for? Sorry OP that can't be fun :/

Op try eating less fruit and more grain.

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It's not exactly trivial I see his point. Considering sub-Saharan africa has the largest population of AIDs in the world, and when people speak of Africa it's generally of their struggles( i.e starvation, water santitaion, rape in the congo, etc) it always seems the focal points. I have two friends from South Africa and they enjoy a beautiful beach house, good food, and good friends. Africa is a beautiful place where majestic wild life and people thrive. He may have come on strong, and the FML in question isn't insulting whatsoever, but he has a point about people's views in general. And seeing as he's from Cape Town its not terriby shocking it irked him.

My point exactly it's good to know that there's hope yet for future generations:-). Thanks. It works on our nerves when people decide to display their ignorance with such little shame.

ryry013 6

I can't really give OP advice here

I don't understand why anyone would thumb you down? #92

Its about the same as people saying they're in America when actually there's no such place. There's United States of America or there's The Americas; its pretty cheeky to say "America" as though that's a place because it discounts everyone else in The Americas, like no one even counts except USA.

KJ21_fml 6

Dude that's sucks

Maybe thats why it's on the FML website?

Its become that people say "that sucks" so much, that people say "there's a button for that" almost just as often.

And OP is not a dude.

I call girls dude sometimes.

#77 - I always thought it was dudette.

cheetahbaby96 8

No, it blows

KiddNYC1O 20

Believe it or not, a lot of girls don't mind it. Especially if they're a friend. It's a form of endearment.

That sucks. Get some Medicine to take care of your weak digestive system!

Alexisthebestest 16

Crackers & ginger ale usually do well on a sick stomach. Milk products are a definite no!

sounds just like Adelaide! but seriously,, you should leave, hey.

_ebbonyy 11

I'm from Adelaide and can happily say that I don't have any of these issues :-)

Adelaide has some of the nicest clearest water... And the food is really fresh... I went to Adelaide for 3 weeks for gluttony. I ate, drank, slept. Was amazing.

careface, in sorry to say but Adelaide has the worst water in this part of Australia. it literally makes me and everyone I know vomit, and feel more dirty after a shower than before. I'm pretty sure Melbourne water is the best in Aus though.

oh and ebbonyy, I have family up near Marion and Salisbury. they say the same thing, I think its just what the body is used to, a glass of boiled and filtered water made my mum sick for a week. I love Adelaide, I just couldn't stay longer than a week.

I moved to Adelaide 2 years ago and haven't really had water problems. I've drank it from the tap, but usually I drink filtered, like I did in Sydney & Melbourne.

The first time I came to Jordan, she was very pretty

olpally 32

Well, you asked for a traveling job... But Not the one you had hoped for... Lol... Good luck op *Africa by toto starts playing*

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olpally 32

Dude, it was only two words that I typed like that... calm your tits.

Leave it to Stan smith to point that out

Have you talked to any of the locals? I'm sure your not the only person who has had that issue. Maybe the local doctor knows a medicine you could take to stop your illness. Good luck with you job any ways!

soccergurrll 8

That sucks so bad. I am so sorry :(

It think it was implied that it sucks. This is an FML blog....

soccergurrll 8

No... Really? Sorry for having a little compassion

Michael_92 20

You say you are sorry, but for what? Were you the one that poisoned her food!?

"'I'm sorry' is the same as 'I apologize', except when you're at a funeral." :)

soccergurrll 8

When someone says something that you feel bad about, you usually say 'I'm sorry' that doesn't imply you did anything and you're apologizing for it, it's just showing compassion for that person.

#111-- That's the point of the joke... In many cases in everyday life (bumping into someone, dropping something, etc.) they are used interchangeably. At a sad event, like a funeral, or an event where you otherwise definitely don't want to take the blame, as here, it would be totally inappropriate to say "I apologize" because it would imply that you murdered the person... I would apologize and say I'm sorry for explaining the joke, but you started it.

Awwwh... Sorry OP! What a disappointment that must be. Hopefully you'll get used to the new food so you can enjoy yourself. :)