Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

I grew up by the ocean. Feeling the sand under my nails and scrabbling as the water tried to swallow my sandcastles was second nature to me. In the late summer months, after-school activities meant going to the beach. I am glad I have never had to live inland, but I am convinced that my first year at university was so difficult because I was thirty minutes from the nearest beach with no transport to get there. These days I spend every weekend by the sea with The Boy, and recently I spent almost four months living on the sea. So, love is not the right word for how I feel about the sea. It is more like, LIFE. Here are just a few of my favourite “sea” pictures.

Linking up with Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge

P.S: click here for some photo’s of Cape Town seas during the Super Moon – it is not called the Cape of Storms for nothing!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Two photo posts in a row! This week’s photo challenge with The Daily Post is about culture. YAY! I have seen a LOT of that these past four months.

The most beautiful thing about culture and travel is not just learning to celebrate differences… but learning to appreciate what makes us the same. There was not a single country where I did not hear Gangnam style, or see children kicking a soccer ball. But I love what makes us different too: variety, and all that. Here are some pictures taken over the past few months in some of the countries we visited. Enjoy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

This week’s photo challenge (which expires soon!) with The Daily Post is titled “Up”. [Let the record state that I love that movie.]

I have been sailing around the world for 106 days. Today we disembarked the ship. I feel that in these 106 days, I have looked to the sky more often than not. But today, I shall include two pictures only of our most recent port, Morocco. I loved this country, and almost got a crick in my neck from looking around so much.

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Defining Moments of 2012: Med IV

Consider this a wrap-up post of sorts, in collaboration with The Daily Post’s Weekly Writing Challenge. It has been a big year for me, but also an incredibly tough and exhausting year. It’s nice to look back at what has taken place. I hope I have grown in some way, and I do hope that 2013 will be an even better year.

I started the year pretty eagerly, but discovering that I was the only remaining member of my original clinical group really bummed me out. It’s hard when the people who keep you positive – and people who helped you to study! – are suddenly in danger of not becoming a doctor. I realised again and again how incredibly fortunate I am to be studying medicine.

So I started putting my back into it. My grades started improving – not nearly what it used to be, but much better than it was in my second and third year. I began to think that just maybe I won’t be a colossal failure as a doctor.

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Thankful, Semester at Sea and the Weekly Photo Challenge

I’m linking this up with The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. The theme this week is is Thankful. As I mentioned before, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in South Africa. Nevertheless, I’ve attended a couple of Thanksgiving dinners before and I love the idea of some good gratefulness. I am inclined to become a little whiny. Christine at Bookishly Boisterous made a list of 100 things she is grateful for. I’m going to try that too. Let’s see if I can do this! (Photo elaboration at bottom of page)

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Weekly Photo Challenge : A Foreigner in China

This week’s theme for The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge is “Foreign”. I’ve had two opportunities to travel beyond the borders of South Africa – once to Canada and Connecticut/NYC, and the other to China. For Canada I was in Montreal, and the French certainly made me feel relatively non-local. But China? In China I was a foreigner through-and through.

I’ve written of China before here and here. One thing I haven’t written of was the food. We were in Hunan Province, which is decidedly un-Westernised. They are are well-known for hot and spicy food, and we were treated to their best.

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See Time Fly

I went back to my very first post on this blog today. It was on 14 October 2010 – more than two years ago.

Things were so different then. I was on the verge of completing probably the most difficult year of my medical school career – for various academic and personal reasons. I was about to start my foray into clinical skills, a welcome addition to what had at that point been mostly theoretical studies.

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Mind the Gap: Protest State of Mind

17 September was the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street – the beginning of a movement.

I find celebrating the anniversary of a protest weird. I live in South Africa. We have protests practically every day. In the Struggle against Apartheid, opposition movements encouraged citizens to “make this country ungovernable”. And though Apartheid fell, the mindset stuck.

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