Must start a moblog…
…if only to show you the size of the mosquito bite on my heel – sustained while minding my own business on the metro on the way to work this morning.
And now the one on my hand from yesterday’s journey is itching again too.
The line 7bis metro runs in a little loop around the Buttes Chaumont park. Once upon a time, fact fans, this area used to be a quarry, so the metro tunnels here are deeper underground than elsewhere in Paris. It’s cool and moist and local mosquitoes love it (and me), so I am plagued all year round.
Evidently they have mutated into an especially evil breed equipped with razor-sharp proboscises. I can see no other explanation for how Madame Moustique (know your enemy: the female sucks blood, the male eats plants) managed to bore through the skin on my heel. Let’s just say a pedicure wouldn’t go amiss, so she must have been motivated.
So, if you are planning a trip to Paris, don’t forget to pack one of these. I’m told there are alternative uses, so you are unlikely to regret this purchase.
Word of the day – proboscises. I’ve not seen that word on a blog in absolutely ages.
Had to look it up, in fact. I’m pleased to report that I have a rather fine proboscises myself (according to one definition on dictionary.com).
Tim | Email | Homepage | 08.07.04 – 12:45 pm | #
Was plague by mozzies on holiday and scared to death of getting malaria (got legionnaire’s disease instead, but that’s another story). Now it’s the bloody wasps!
Good bloggage btw.
backroads | Email | Homepage | 08.08.04 – 9:39 am | #
petite anglaise | Email | Homepage | 08.08.04 – 11:06 pm | #