“Water, Water, Every Where”

I live in a water-scarce country on a water-scarce continent. I grew up with a little ditty, “Kinders moenie in die water mors nie, die ou mense wil dit drink” – “Children, don’t mess with water, the old people want to drink it”. Parts of my country has had water restrictions in the years thatContinue reading ““Water, Water, Every Where””

Mobile Update: Weekend Trips

One of the awesome things about rural rotations is the opportunity to explore the surrounds. This weekend we went to quite a few surrounding villages (and today we hiked for the better part of the day and my muscles are cursing me). This is a photo I took on the way. I really hope itContinue reading “Mobile Update: Weekend Trips”

Lunch Posts: Lunch at Rural Hospital

The food trolley with the squeaky wheel arrives in the Outpatients’ Department. It is laden with with warm cling-wrapped food. Rice, pumpkin, beans, and on a good day, some meat. Surreptitiously a lull descends over OPD. You know you are really hungry when hospital food looks appetising. Doctors conclude their current consultations and walk toContinue reading “Lunch Posts: Lunch at Rural Hospital”

Sort-Of Hiatus

I am leaving today to a rural hospital where I will be completing five weeks of Family Medicine. I expect to learn a lot, but I also anticipate little to no internet access. I have a some posts scheduled, so I’ll still be sort-of around. I will also be able to update the blog viaContinue reading “Sort-Of Hiatus”

Read Around the World with Google Maps

For a while now, it has been important to me that readers read widely. Bookworms will tell you that reading opens your mind, widens your world, allows you to travel when plane tickets are expensive and holidays in short supply. But I think, to some extent, there is a clause to this. I don’t thinkContinue reading “Read Around the World with Google Maps”

How I did Semester at Sea while at Medical School

I have alluded to this before, but medical students rarely do Semester at Sea, and when they do, they are usually there for a short while. For example, the few medical students from the University of Virginia who spend a few weeks on the tropical leg of a Spring voyage; or inter-port students, like theContinue reading “How I did Semester at Sea while at Medical School”

Book Review: China Underground

China Underground by Zachary Mexico was the third book I purchased on Semester at Sea. The book comprises a series of anecdotes of various Chinese citizens, whom the author met and interviewed while in China. These include sex workers, minority groups such as the Uighurs (a Chinese Muslim minority), art lovers, film makers, drug dealersContinue reading “Book Review: China Underground”

Africa Needs More Books

I was walking through my home suburb (read:village) with my brother the other day. We went to the local library, sampled some books (slim pickings) and as we walked home, I asked about such-and-such a bookshop, and such-and-such a used bookshop. They were all closed down. Anyone wanting to purchase books needs to go toContinue reading “Africa Needs More Books”