"I was bitten by a tick in the Black Forest region of Germany, in 1992 when I was backpacking alone through that country. The bug had inserted itself in my lower back, so I went to a hospital for assistance. I had no idea that it was a tick, and at that time I had no knowledge about Lyme disease. I also was unaware that this particular region of Germany had, and continues to have, a lot of Lyme-infested ticks. At that hospital visit they removed the tick but did not mention the need for any medicine, and I continued my tour."