And now, the post you’ve all been waiting for — on municipal water supply. Last weekend I visit a small town on the Meuse river in Belgium, and as I’m coming back on the train, I suddenly begin not feeling pretty. I think it’s a stomach flu, but it’s much too short for that. A day and a half of mild fever and fireworks, if you know what I mean, then pretty much back to normal. In Mexico, they call it Montezuma’s revenge.
Seems like an odd question in 2008, but can you actually drink the tap water in Belgium? Everywhere? Yes, yes, I know I should have been drinking beer and wine, and I did lots of that. ("In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.") But in the middle of the night, I quenched my thirst with a couple of glasses from the tap. I think that’s what laid me low. Anyone else had this experience?
[Sociological commentary on movie poster — and that all-star cast of "foreigners"! — also welcome]