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How to Get the Most of Your Adventures Abroad

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Sleeping habits around the world.

Natural Medicine Reigns in Tonga

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After the birth of my first child in the United States, my husband and I moved to a third world country. I soon discovered what socialized medicine is like in a developing nation. When our children got sick, instead of making an appointment with a doctor, our only choice was to head for the hospital. There was only one hospital to serve several thousand people. Back in 1974, we were lucky to only wait three or so hours for a doctor. There were no comfortable chairs to sit on. There was a concrete slab that we could rest on. There were so many coughing, feverish and injured people waiting for help. We worried that if our child was not already seriously ill, she would be after we left the hospital.

Doctors had been trained in a third world country, usually Fiji. There was no state of the art equipment. Doctors are lower paid than teachers in Tonga. If we required a blood test, the closest laboratory was miles away, and the results would take two weeks or more.

If a prescription was giv…

Scotland.

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We loved our trip to Scotland. Would love to return to see more!