My week in Greece has made me appreciate the sun way more than I ever have. Probably because the sun rarely comes out in Copenhagen, but we’ve spent almost every night somewhere to watch the sunset and I’ve realizd how obsessed I am.
1. My Mom (I know you’re reading this) – one of her favorite things to do is take pictures of sunsets or walk out on the pier to watch the sunset or capture it in any way possible, so I guess you could say it’s inherited.
2. Everyone loves them for different reasons – there’s so many reasons to love sunsets, the calmness, the colors, the meaning, and plenty more, and I love hearing about what they mean to each person
3. They force you to embrace them in that moment – unless you’re a professional photographer (which is not me) a picture will never ever do it justice, so it forces you to take it in “the old fashioned way” with your eyes.
4. A scientific phenomenon – during my dreaded year of physics, we learned the actual scientific background behind sunsets and it made me even more amazing at our ability to see it
5. They’re visible everywhere – whether in in Rochester, Keuka Lake, Denmark (occasionally), Greece or wherever there is always a chance of seeing a sunset and it creates a sense of connectability no matter where in the world I may be
A few more days on this amazing spring break embracing the sunset every day.
After being in shock from Athens I wasn’t sure how it could get better. After movies like Mamma Mia and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants I have been obsessed with the blue and white cliff houses on the islands of Greece as well. So here we are in Santorini, the island known for these views.
After a wild ride up the cliff from the port, we arrived at our lovely hotel with views of the blue and white already.
We then were able to watch the sunset from a point in Fira over the sea with a great view of exactly what I was expecting.
The next day we traveled the island to black sand and red sand beaches. Although it was pretty chilly, it was still warmer than Copenhagen and it was nice to have my feet in the sand (that wasn’t artificial from the fingerlakes).
In the evening we went to Oia, the exact picture you see when you think of Greece. The small passageways and white buildings. Once we got to the very top, I was once again in awe and in love with the moment of staring into the sunset.
Next stop Corfu!
As I sit on my overnight cruise to Corfu from Santorini, Greece I am still pinching myself from one of my favorite trips this far.
Ever since 6th grade, where we learned intensely about ancient civilizations I have dreamed of going to Greece.
Since all of my friends from Copenhagen were traveling with their classes, I decided to sign up for a Bus2Alps trip to meet college students doing the same thing as me, island hop through Greece. Although I started this trip alone, I’ve already met an incredible group of friends to hang out with all week.
Our trip started in Athens and our hotel was in the center of a flea market and while I wandered while I waited for the rest of the group I was in awe of simply looking down some of the narrow streets and seeing the Acropolis in the distance. I strolled through the streets of Athens shopping and looking and eventually wandered up to a huge rock that gave me some of the best views of both the city and the Acropolis and it was my first breathtaking view.
After a group dinner we wandered up to a rooftop bar and again were star struck by the a nighttime view of the Acropolis.
The next day I got to do exactly what I wanted to do since seeing pictures in 6th grade, walk to the Acropolis. I again had to pinch myself to remember how old these structures are and how amazing it is that I am actually staring so far back into history.
If I were able to find (aka explain to my mom via facebook message) where my 2nd grade year book was, I’d be able to open up to a page that was titled “what do I want to be when I grow up” and if you skimmed to my name, you’d see even in second grade I wanted to be a pediatrician. I guess I was a pretty wise 8 year old since almost 13 years later, I still have the same dream. Being abroad has effected this dream in ways I couldn’t even imagine, but it also presents a challenge being a second semester junior with applying to medical school right around the corner.
Being in the Medical Practice and Policy course at DIS has been quite possibly the most amazing medical experience of my life, and makes me even more excited to work towards my dream. I’ve been able to be involved in the health field in 3 different countries since coming to Denmark, and in ways that are unimaginable in the United States. I have done my fair share of shadowing doctors, volunteering in a pediatric emergency department and even work at my university’s health center. Don’t get me wrong, these experiences have been amazing, but nothing is as incredible as the experiences I’ve had here.
In my class, Human Health and Disease: A Clinical Approach, alone I’ve FINALLY been able to learn about medicine and disease. All my collegiate career has been learning the molecular, chemical and biological aspects of medicine, which again is necessary and interesting, but not as interesting as learning how to examine a patient, learn about typical diseases and have case studies. I even have a small book of all the symptoms a person can present and what they could have (how cool!). We got to go to a real living patient and take their history and perform basic exams, giving us the real life experience of a doctor.
In Denmark, we got to learn about OB/GYN by getting a hands on approach with simulators and fake patients and real life placentas. I got to do a pap-smear and STI testing on a fake women (may not seem that exciting to most, but very exciting to us). And then we got to use one of the few laparoscopic simulators to perform tube tying, cyst removal and other laparoscopic techniques.
*Caution following picture could be gross to some*
In Germany, we got to visit a neonatal ward and see triplets who were born premature and were being cared for in the NICU. We also got to visit a cardiovascular center specializing in surgery. Here we got to learn about stem cells, but more interestingly we got to watch a stint being put into a man with some clots in his leg, something that made standing for an hour in one spot worth it.
In Poland, (best for last), I got to see a real life natural delivery. After watching plenty of pregnant women get their stats and explanation of some of the tools used in delivery, there was a lot of commotion and we got to see a women give birth to a healthy baby. Again, one of the most exciting moments in my life.
I have truly had experiences that I would never have gotten in the USA and I look forward to each class to learn about all these diseases and what life is like being a doctor. On the downside, studying for the MCAT with the excitements of a foreign country can be hard, and getting in contact with your home university regarding your future and classes for next semester can be difficult with time differences and lack of wifi.But, I wouldn’t change the medical experience I am gaining abroad for anything.
This past weekend, I did what every abroad student does, a quick weekend trip to another country. I chose London, UK because I had never been there before and isn’t it everyones dream to go to London?? I also have a slight obsession with the royal family so it only seemed right.
I did everything I could in the short three day trip…
Watch a show in Piccadilly Circus
Eat traditional fish and chips
Stroll through Hyde Park to Kensington Palace
Walk to Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Parliment
Go to an Ice Bar
Shop on Oxford Street
Watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace
Drink traditional tea
Unfortunately I missed tea with the Royal Family but I’m sure my invite will stand for next time 🙂
And plenty more!
It was an incredibly enjoyable weekend with plenty of wandering and exploring, now for a busy week of class, exams, presentations and more before a week off in Greece!
A few weeks ago my phone got stolen…average mistake taking my eyes off my bag on my body for literally 5 seconds and looking back and not being able to identify the culprit. Luckily, my amazing host mom let me borrow one of her phones so I technically have had a phone for the last few weeks, but I’ve learned a few things since then and now that I have my own phone, I hope to learn from it.
1. It’s not the end of the world – although I did call my mom crying acting like it was the end of the world the minute after it happened, it’s just a phone, I still have my health, my memories, and my time abroad
2. There so much more to look at than your phone – I’ve spent a lot of time not connected with my phone in these past few years, at the summer camp I worked at for the past two summers, we’re not allow to have our phones on us, and we can really only check them at night, so I’ve tried to keep that trend ever since my phone got stolen. In between classes I try to stroll rather than get there 10 minutes early to scroll through all of social media and take in the sights on the train ride home
3. It’s nice to not have to deal w a phone – during my travels this week, I was unable to get service, so I was literally forced to only use my phone when I had wifi, luckily I was surrounded by people who could use their google maps, but I never had to stress about the data I was using or keeping up with my messages
4. It gives you something to look forward to – let’s be real I couldn’t really live without a phone, I love getting messages from my family and friends and checking out instagram and Snapchat, so when you finally have access to your phone you actually have something to do rather than just reread and refresh
5. It stops me from reading the news – I like to know what’s going on in the world, especially now in America and even back at Bucknell, but sometimes the news can be depressing and upsetting, so not having a phone distracts me from the realities so I can really enjoy my time abroad
Now I do have a phone, and I do keep it on me, but I am really really trying to not completely rely on it
Once we left the craziness of Poland we found ourselves in the city of Berlin. Being in Berlin made me wish I paid a little more attention in history class (I know my mom is saying I told you so). The history of Berlin is so extensive it is crazy to be walking the streets and seeing sites that have experienced so much. Once of the craziest things to me was that a lot of history (falling of the Berlin Wall) is not that old, which really really is hard to grasp.
Anyway, what better way to to visit the city (especially being a student in Copenhagen) than by bike. All 30 of us hopped on a bike tour around the city.
– East vs. West Berlin
– Berlin Wall
– Jewish Memorial
– The University Albert Einstein taught at
– Checkpoint Charlie
– Location of Hitler’s Bunker
Our guide presented us with plenty of the history of the impacts of the Cold War, WWII, Hitler and plenty more. All of which made us really think about history and how we’ve gotten to where we are now.
The rest of the week was dedicated to hospital visits to a vascular surgical hospital, a neonatology ward, and a family planning center, eating traditional German foods; spatzle, curreywurst and plenty more.