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Hello Spring Break!

Spring Break came a little late for us in France (about a month later than Penn State). I had basically a week and a half to travel anywhere around Europe. It’s super easy to travel anywhere in Europe since flights and train rides are very cheap and affordable. Before traveling, I did my research online to find the cheapest tickets I could to places I more South and by the beach. I ended up buying a 15-euro ticket to Ibiza, Spain, followed by a 10-euro ticket to Naples, Italy, and […]

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Week 4-Masi

I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to go to the clinic after an armed robbery of SHAWCO volunteers in Khayelitsha the week before, but we received news that we would still be able to attend clinics. I arrived at the bus tonight at 6pm as usual, hoping to have some interesting patients. I didn’t even realize until we were on the road that I had gotten on the bus that goes to Masiphumelele, a township in Fish Hoek. It was one of the most beautiful drives I’ve had […]

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Feeling a little…Danish

I spent today almost entirely by myself. The orientation session’s today were for phone set-up and transportation. My phone works, so I didn’t need that, and I feel pretty comfortable getting around now. So all I needed to do was pick up my books for the semester. The train ride there was smooth, and rather empty since it was around 10:30. Ever since I arrived in Denmark, I’ve made sure to be as observant as possible. I read as many signs as I can and try to learn the language. […]

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I once was lost…

It was the first day of orientation for study abroad students. So naturally, the day started with students getting a bit lost… or a lot lost. Thankfully, my amazing host, Mikael, had taken the time to show me around various parts of Copenhagen as well as teach me about Rejseplanen (literally a must-have app for anyone living in Copenhagen, and perhaps even Denmark in general). Started out with one student finding another student, both a little lost or just looking confused. Eventually, one student will reach out to the other […]

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In the Beginning

My first few days here in Denmark have been wonderful! (Despite fighting the jetlag.)  My Danish family is awesome!  They have given me a nice room to myself, a bike, traditional Danish food, an authentic tour of Central Copenhagen, and more!   My host parents, Annette and Alan, are so friendly and nice – I am excited to get to know them better.  This week, Alan’s kids will be with their mom.  I got to meet Nikolai and Oliver during the first two days, but I will not see them […]

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May the Fierce Be With You

Going to get the good stuff out of the way first (food). I tried several items today. Pickled herring on multigrain rye bread for lunch, and fish cakes on rye bread for dinner. I am really liking rye bread. Headed down to Copenhagen Pride again, and this time for the best event of any Pride celebration – the parade. Before it started, Mikael and I hit up a Cafe for some coffee. I ordered a latte, and found the most fascinating contraption! It is a sugar dispenser, but it works […]

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Categories

Well, I am reaching a point in my year where I am feeling kind of settled and finding topics to blog about is getting harder and harder. I think I am just going to walk you through the random thoughts I have about a variety of things. Classes: They have started but not really; they were supposed to all start by this week but I have only had one actual class. The class, Portuguese, was a ton of fun and I walked out with a huge grin across my face. […]

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Dag (Day) 2

It’s officially my first full day in Denmark and it started at 6:30 AM. The first thing I did this morning after waking up, was go back to sleep. Waking up the second time was better, but the general grogginess stuck with me the rest of the day. The first real thing I did, after taking a hot shower, was eat breakfast. Typical morning routine, been doing it since I was probably 11. Never did I imagine it would be difficult. Showers can be tricky to work wherever you go, […]

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Week One-Khayelitsha

Tonight was my first night working at the clinic in Khayelitsha, and I was looking forward to getting to see if I liked the work. On my way home from my last class, I got a message from my mom saying I needed to call her. She told me that my grandma had passed away that morning. I felt so awful and disconnected from home at that time, but made the decision to still go to the clinic. I figured it would keep mind busy and prevent me from sitting […]

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Week 3-Philippi

After taking one week off from the clinic to celebrate Women’s Day, I was feeling very anxious to get back to it. I decided to try out another night and ended up going to a different clinic than the one I’d been going to in Khayelitsha. This clinic was in Philippi, and instead of being a building was a trailer that had been transformed into a makeshift clinic. We didn’t have a lot of fourth years, so I ended up with a third year medical student in a cubicle. I […]

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Week Two-Khayelitsha

My second week working for SHAWCO Health, I felt less anxious about going and more excited to get to the clinic. I was hoping to have more exciting cases and learn more that night. We went through the same process of loading onto the buses and driving to the township. It was warmer this week, so we had a lot of patients to get through. Luckily, there were a lot of students there to help that night, so we were able to run all of the cubicles and have extra […]

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What I did and what I felt

  What I did: There is something to marvelous about the flow of time when you are not at home; a moment can be an eternity, a flash of lightning, or both at the same time. I have nicknamed this the time paradox of traveling and can only hope to understand it one day. Moving on, some of my classes started this week and the rest of my classes start Wednesday, I think. I am going to take a drawing class, Social History of Argentina, Portuguese (hopefully), and either History […]

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Rubia. Rubia. Rubia.

I am not sure how but it has already been a week; I completely forgot how fast time moves when you’re not paying attention. My week started off with two and a half days in Buenos Aires for orientation and basically just being a tourist. We saw all of the big attractions: La Boca, La Casa Rosa, El Cemetario de Recoletta, ect. Maybe I was just too tired and not paying but besides the language, Buenos Aires felt like another big city that I had yet to explore. Mentally, I wasn’t […]

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