Month: February 2014

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My Edinburgh at dusk // Calton Hill

Dear Edinburgh, You do sunsets very well. Especially on cold days. Your skies can turn all shades of pink and dusky purple. Last Sunday at 16.38 we decided to go to Calton Hill to capture the light and silhouettes of your skyline. We had 30 minutes and parking in the city centre is not great, you don’t do parking very well, that has to be said. It turned out that about 50 other people had the exact same idea and we were surrounded by tripods, people with much bigger lenses than ours and a loud chatter in at least 5 different languages. I didn’t mind. I could just spot the Forth Road Bridge on the distant horizon, little ants of people on the summit of the Arthur’s Seat, countless chimneys of New Town and toy-sized double-deckers on the South Bridge. You didn’t disappoint. I almost forgot about your never-ending road works, horizontal rain and how far we were from our families and friends. On evenings like this one, I count myself lucky to not be …

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A rare piece of luxury // Portugal

I have a confession to make: I don’t do luxury. I’m one of those people who will only splurge if something is really worth it, or when I’m going to use the item for the rest of my life (I’ve wanted a Stutterheim raincoat since they started producing them but still can’t get myself to buy one). When it comes to travelling, luxury is simply not justifiable. When we got married, I had a stupid job in a cafe in a multinational corporation which shall not be named (which I hated, even though I love making coffee). I was getting married in a different country (back home) and they wouldn’t give me time off for long enough to go for a honeymoon. So we got married on Saturday and on Tuesday I was back to making soy cappuccinos and grilling overpriced panninis. It was fine at a time as I was in the post-wedding haze-happiness. The other day I was browsing through deal websites and found a pretty amazing offer for a short break in …

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Medic diaries // 1

  Even if I try to pretend otherwise, being a medical student is a huge part of my life. I never planned on writing about my experience of med school here, but I guess it would make for an entertaining read in 10 years time when I’m hopefully qualified. The truth is, I sway between loving being a medic, and hating the fact that medicine has taken my life. I’ll try to focus on the positives here and make it vaguely interesting for non-medics. I also have to add a disclaimer that due to the patient confidentiality all clinical encounters described here will be either inventions of my imagination or completely anonymous. I’m now in 4th and penultimate year of my training, which means my life evolves around hospital placements and taking selfies in scrubs in the changing rooms. Since the middle of the 3rd year until last Friday I spent 15 weeks in general medical ward, 15 weeks in surgical wards, and 16 weeks on placements of my choice (in my case 12 weeks …

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Lochs and sheep // Perthshire

I went to Firbush twice when I was still a student at the University of Edinburgh. It’s a tiny settlement (not even a town or a village really) perched on the banks of Loch Tay in the Perthshire, about 3h away from Edinburgh and just a short walk from village Killin. Not only does it make a beautiful spot for camping, but also for kayaking, mountain biking or wind surfing, if that’s your thing. I chose kayaking but sadly didn’t take my camera with me; perhaps a wise choice as two people in our group capsized. We’re planning to buy a tent and make a few camping trips to the Highlands on weekends as I don’t get any time off from university until July. The first day the weather was rather bleak. We still went kayaking after practicing in the little bay pictured above. In the evening we made a trip to Killin to a pub. yep, picutures of branches and droplets. one more. next day was sunnier. this looked like a pretty idyllic place …

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Sunday links // no.3

^^ Jarlsberg, brie and red onion chutney sandwich.  ___ Hi, long time no see! How was your weekend? I’m finally done with my finals, which in theory means that by now I should know all of the surgery and general medicine to work as a junior doctor… Seeing the title of my exam “Professional Examination” gave me chills. I won’t get my exam results for a couple of weeks at least so I’m going to put it behind me and hope I passed. Tomorrow I’m starting a new placement (ENT) and I’m excited mainly because it’s a surgical speciality so I get to wear scrubs (i.e. PJs) all day. My weekend consisted of sleeping and watching the Olympics (3 gold medals to team PL this week!). Anyway, hope you had a good one and here are some links from me and the world wide web. Coffee at the urinal, hmmm interesting. Flappy bird might be dead, but we have flappy Bert instead! Not for the faint hearted.  Living on a remote island above the Arctic …

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Sunday links + weekend photos // no.2

My favourite breakfast these days. J started baking bread. not sure how I feel about the colours of this blanket, but at least it keeps me warm. car-boot sale find. £2. my very imperfect RAST hack and the essential accessory for norwegian hiking. favourite reads ____ How was your weekend?  I’m counting days until exams (4 days left) and procrastinate by over-thinking travel plans for next summer. I love watching the Olympics, have you been following the games? (Kamil Stoch has jumped 105.5 m right this minute).  I googled: “how many medals can Poland count on in Sochi”  and guess what number came up? 120. A bit optimistic I guess. Anyway, here are some things I’ve enjoyed reading this week: My friend’s travelling in South America. He’s now in Cuba. (in Polish) The silent drama of photography. Three amazing pictures of animals: 1, 2 and 3 Picture I wish I took. Finally found the solution to my life long problem. It works! What I want to build in Poland. Awesome people reading. A peek into living …

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Ethical travelling

Just because you can go somewhere, does it mean it’s ok to do so? Let me elaborate. Most medical students in the UK around this time of year will be busy booking flights to exotic places for their electives, and I’m stuck. It’s not that I don’t want to go. I dream of travelling and seeing new countries, but just because I can go, doesn’t mean that I should. Or, that it would be the right thing to do. I’ve been reading a lot of stories recently about people who abandon their daily lives, quit their jobs and go travelling. That’s usually seen as commendable and a very positive thing to do. Travels broaden one’s horizons, teach you about yourself, about other people. Similarly, medical students who go to Nepal or Ghana for their elective will leave their placements enriched, more appreciating of the good health care in their home countries. They will have seen clinical signs and met patients with conditions, which so far were only reachable in textbooks. While in medical school, we …

January

January has flown by. Coming back from Poland is never easy, especially after Christmas. Back to the greyness of everyday life, commute, work, studying, cold flat and empty fridge. No New Year resolutions, just being sometimes takes too much energy. The most important exams in my life (to date) are in two weeks time and all I can think of is when can I quit being a student and start my life properly. I guess life works like that a lot of the time. Everybody (and by everybody I mean me) is waiting for something constantly. Two weekends ago my parents and uncle came for a short visit to Edinburgh. We walked around New Town, went for the best Italian in the city (it’s Nona’s Kitchen) and visited Roslin and South Queensferry. 3 days filled with laughter, long walks and good coffee. My dad makes awesome coffee. Even when he’s reading a paper, when asked to make me a coffee he will do it right that minute. With latte art and all. As we said …

Sunday links // no.1

I was very surprised by the number of people who followed our little blog via Bloglovin after Rosie’s post, so I just wanted to say hi to everyone.If you’re here for the first time: welcome, it’s so nice to have you! This blog is written mostly as a journal of our life abroad and to keep our families posted about what we’ve been up to, but it’s nice to see that other people are reading along too.  I would also like to write more about Poland to show the rest of the world what an awesome country we come from. Anyway, here are some links to the posts you may enjoy reading: The best kept secret on the Isle of Skye.Is it the Caribbean? How Norwegians spend their summer holidays?What I miss the most about Poland. Being a toddler was fun. And 6 fun links from this week: Why I want to have a dog.Feminine and affordable clothing, handmade in Poland.Interviews with designers and creatives about their inspiration and life. (you may need Google translate …