Swaziland! And some ...

So, here I am in Swaziland. One of the countries with the highest HIV rates in the world. One of the richest countries in sub-Saharan Africa. A very different place than I would ever have expected from that description! The people are… hot. And friendly. And very funny. I think…...

Last Day

This is my last day in Sri Lanka, or to be more accurate, my last few hours. I shall be leaving tomorrow morning at a “sprightly” 7am. Do not be fooled, dear reader, for I have accomplished much over the past two weeks, despite my lack of diligence in regards to posting on here…My last 2...

A Day in the Life

My shoes shined to a full gleam, my trousers pressed, my shirt ironed. Face scrubbed, teeth brushed, hair combed and tied up. Bag packed- rice and curry in my lunchbox, an apple, two notebooks, a bottle of water and an umbrella. This is how I started the day. I said a rushed “good...

Various Things

OK, so the weirdest thing just happened. Apparently Suji, the Canadian elective student who’s here with me was trying to take a photo of the hospital and ended up getting chased by the hospital guards (who, by the by, carry guns). She just came in here, visibly shaken and crying. How...

First day of General...

I’m officially homesick. I miss my computer and my friends and drinking and good coffee and decent films and TV and the English language. So today, I’m just going to complain on here. So, I’ve finally started. *sigh*. I’m feeling exhausted, and it’s only...

A Life Less Ordinary

How do I explain how Sri Lanka is alive in a way that Australia is not? Perhaps it’s just the crowding, the heat, the chaos. Whatever it is, there is life everywhere, the streets are packed and busy, there is culture all around you, all the time. Cobblers on the pavement, fixing shoes,...

The Girl and the Sma...

Kandy, the old capital during the days of the last Sri Lankan Kings, is a small city in the High Country (it is inland and at a higher altitude- as a result it is also much cooler, temperature-wise). It has old, narrow streets and buildings dating from colonial and pre-colonial times. The...

A hectic few days...

What can I say, it’s been an interesting time. We had the almsgiving for my grandfather‘s 3 month funeral anniversary. While this may seem a little inappropriate, I have to comment that I managed to fail hopelessly at my allotted task of helping out as a close relative. My...

Made It!

Image by Snipergirl via Flickr So, here I am in Kandy. It’s very humid, as it’s the rainy season, and rather cool. I am even wearing a long-sleeved top! I arrived yesterday after 23 hours of straight travel, very very tired. I had to wait a good long while in the check-in...

Sydney!

Image by Snipergirl via Flickr Today is the first day of my travels. I flew to Sydney this morning, sleep-deprived and groggy, lugging a suitcase with only one wheel and filled with books and clothes. I left Melbourne in a mad rush, after a week of partying, drinking, friends, confusion...

Prologue…

On my summer holidays I went to London and America. I watched lots of surgery and I went out lots and I had so much fun and did so much shopping and like, TOTALLY MAXxXed my credit cards! I learnt everything there was to learn about Oncology and Microsurgery and came back a better medical...