Tuesday, 31 May 2016

I'm home! (For now...)

Well, hello!

Someone, somewhere has definitely got their finger on the fast forward button because time is simply flying by. 

It already feels like the last two months didn't really happen. Which may partly be due to the fact that life was impossibly good for those eight weeks - think near permanent good weather, lazy beach afternoons, all the wine and eating out almost every night. 

Cape Town was an incredible experience, living 6000 miles away from home. Being away for two months was long enough to settle into routines and favourite spots, while also being just short enough to justify the lifestyle as holiday-living

But it's also great to be home. I missed being able to just walk to places, rather than waiting for an Uber if I wanted to do something. I actually missed proper home food, not just the basic things I'd make in our hospital accommodation on the nights I ate in. 

Since getting back, I've loved spending time with my super-annoying little dog - taking her for long walks along the river in the rather British weather. I'm making up for lost time with baking too, continuing to practise my breadmaking skills with fresh loaves and rolls. 

You might also have spotted some changes round here - I felt that it was time to give the blog a bit of a freshen up!

So what now? Well I officially finished university last Friday and I'm now on 'summer holiday' before work begins at the end of July. I've got an exciting European trip planned next month, visiting Milan, Budapest and a trip down the coast of Croatia. I'll hopefully be sharing this on the blog, as well as a few more South Africa posts so make sure you stick around!

It's good to be back :)



Monday, 9 May 2016

A Little Cape Town Catch Up

It’s been well over a month now since I arrived in South Africa, five weeks that have simply shot by! Although I’ve documented a few of my days out, I felt a little catch up was somewhat overdue.

For those of you unfamiliar with what I’m up to, I’m spending eight weeks in a Cape Town hospital psychiatry department as the very final phase of my medical school training.

And life is going very well here. Although I go into hospital most days, it’s the most relaxed placement I’ve done, with no assessments, no portfolios – no pressure.

The first couple of weeks we crammed every spare minute with activities – hiking, wine tasting, road trips and sightseeing. More recently though we’ve settled into a calmer pace of life, adjusting to the fact that two months is most definitely longer than your average holiday!

It’s been blissful to head to the beach on a sunny afternoon and simply enjoy a few hours of warm weather, gentle waves and losing myself in a book. I thought setting myself a Goodreads goal of 30 books this year was overly ambitious, but I hadn’t factored in the amount of reading time I’d have on elective!

Although I’ve posted fairly frequent updates to Instagram, I’ve certainly taken a bit of break from my other social media and from blogging. Taking the time away is refreshing and will hopefully be a benefit when I return to normal life…

When I’m not in hospital or on the beach, I’ve been exploring the wonderful food offerings of Cape Town, seeking out the city’s best burgers, bagels, sushi and cheesecakes. Every weekend so far we’ve headed to a fabulous food market – but I’m saving up all the photos for one big post on that so stay tuned!

All in all, my time in Cape Town is serving as the perfect down time after five years of medical school and as a way to relax and recover before beginning work in come August…


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