Saturday, 7 December 2019

Montezuma's Revenge!!

WHERE ARE WE? La Penita RV Park, La Penita, Nayarit, Mexico
NEXT DESTINATION? We are here for a while

I won't say anymore than the following!!

'Montezuma's revenge'?



Montezuma II (also spelled Moctezuma II) was Emperor of Mexico from 1502 to 1520 and was in power when the Spanish began their conquest of the Aztec Empire. The sickness, colloquially known as the 'trots' and more formally as 'Traveller's Diarrhoea', is usually caused by drinking the local water or eating food that visitors aren't accustomed to. It is a bacterial illness, always uncomfortable, and occasionally serious. Most cases are caused by the E. coli bacterium.

The revenge element of the phrase alludes to the supposed hostile attitude of countries that were previously colonized by stronger countries, which are now, in this small but effective way, getting their own revenge back.
There are many countries that were previously colonised that are now tourist destinations, and names for the condition reflect the part of the world concerned. These euphemisms are usually comic, reflecting the embarrassment felt by the sufferer and the amusement of the lucky non-sufferers. Of course, although Montezuma clearly had no reason to love the Conquistadors, his revenge isn't reserved for Spaniards - other names for it are:
The Gringo Gallop
The Aztec Two-step
Hope your day was better than mine!!

8 comments:

  1. Oh no. Hope it passed quickly. Haha, sorry I couldn't stop myself.

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  2. Hope you are feeling better soon ... I did wonder when you were doing some of that street food :-)

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    1. We knew going in that we would probably have a few goes until our gringo stomachs catch on to the Mexican food. Not going to stop just because of a day of discomfort!!

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  3. I hope it passes quickly. I agree with Maxx Trails, the street food was a wonder, it looked amazing but it's like eating a hot dog from a street vendor the day after a big game. Haha.

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    1. I stay away from the chicken that they keep under a glass cover with no cooling and a bunch of flies trapped with it. They must have guts of steel around here.

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  4. That's a bummer. You put it so eloquently though. Hope you're feeling better.

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