It’s obvious that I’ve been bitten by the travel bug. My trip to Egypt in 2004 infected me with this incurable infirmity.
But in Cambodia I was bitten by another kind of bug.. bed bugs.
At least I’m 90% sure they were bed bugs. The red bumps are not mosquito bites and I’ve never had something like them before.
Once I got back to Vietnam I was fine again. I didn’t actually notice that I had a bunch of bumps until I got to Vietnam.
I read online that one of the effects of bed bugs are psychological. I can totally see how that works. Going to bed each night is a tense, semi-traumatic experience. You feel like a piece of meat, perhaps waiting to be covered in insects that bite. And any tiny sensation on your skin, maybe a hair touching the sheet or something entirely psychological, can cause you to freak out and make it hard to go to sleep.
In my case, since I was sleeping in a new bed, I wasn’t too worried. Of course, I was worried I had brought the bugs with me. But I checked my stuff and I think everything was clean.
Ironically, the first bite I noticed was right on the side of my butt cheek. It was a couple days before I got the rest. I assumed it was a mosquito bite, but I couldn’t for the life of me explain how it got there. Now I understand where it came from, though I don’t know why they attacked there first!
They only bit my back, side (as you can see in the picture), and side of my butt.
So, another adventure. I’m a bit surprised it took this long to experience bed bugs, but it wasn’t as bad as I expected.