Hey all, welcome to my catch up post recounting my first week of actual classes in medical school and other stuffs I did on the island this past week.
I spent a lot of time studying and preparing for classes, but, it is medical school after all. One unexpected thing that I now appreciate, after getting a glimpse of what the next four years are going to be like, is the high caliber of my undergrad education. Whenever I used to see UT Austin make national ranking lists for its academics back in the states, what that meant never really sunk in and of course in the midst of being enrolled I may have rolled my eyes a few times. Now, after I’ve seen how others whose undergrad education hasn’t nearly prepared them for our course load, I feel proud of my alma mater and validated at the same time that all the courses that used to kick my butt were all for a reason. To date in med school, I haven’t learned a single thing that wasn’t previously taught to me at UT compared to others who are having near nervous breakdowns at all the new material being thrown at them. I guess to sum up, LONGHORN FOR LIFE! And if you are currently still an undergrad at UT, appreciate the hell out of where you are. It really is a great school in an even greater city. (I might actually consider donating money to the University of Texas at Austin as an alum sometime in the future now)
This week I also went to a lot of student organization meetings (free pizza, who wouldn’t?). I very much enjoyed the CANSA meeting and got a lot of great information on applying for and getting residencies back in Canada. I honestly hadn’t really even considered going back there for residency but now am going to definitely apply both there and in the US.
I had to wake up bright and early yesterday morning to go to mandatory CPR training. I went with the intention of rewarding my week’s hard work by having a beach day afterward. Unfortunately, tropical storm Isaac had other plans (it started pouring rain). So, after about 3.5 hours of practicing my skills on adult, child, and infant dummies (as well as practicing heimlich maneuver procedure), my classmate Vanessa and I still wanted an adventurous Saturday so we decided to check out the open market in Saint George’s as we’ve been repeatedly told that it is both cheaper and better quality than anything you’ll find in a grocery store.
This brings me to the pictures I have attached. These first two are just the outskirts of the market that we took a quick glance at before deciding to grab a bite, since hungry grocery shopping never did anyone any good. You can find ANYTHING at the market and locals will try and sell you anything and everything. Literally, I’m sure I could buy someone’s first born for 100EC.
This next picture is where we ended up deciding to eat at in Saint George’s. I present to you “Country Kitchen,” where they serve authentic Grenadian dishes. I had been hearing about Grenada’s national dish called “Oil Down” since arriving on the island, yet nowhere close to campus serves it. So you can imagine my delight when we finally found a restaurant that serves all these foods I had been hearing about… I’m always one to try the local cuisine when traveling.
This is “Oil Down.” Any real meal in the Caribbean also comes with a beer or other alcoholic beverage as well (Carib in this case). I’m not even 100% sure on what all is in Oil Down, but, it is DELICIOUS. So yeah, I ate a meal with some mystery meats, mystery doughs, etc. NBD, I’m still alive. I think knowing what all is in the dish would ruin it for me, so I’m content with ‘ignorance is bliss’. For those of you interested in learning more about Oil Down: http://www.gov.gd/articles/grenada_oil_down.html
After eating, Vanessa and I went back to get our open market on. We got some great deals on fresh produce and the availability of spices is limitless. I ended up with: a fruit that is native to South America (I think?) whose name I can’t remember right now (will get back to you on that) but is totally delish, some fresh watermelon, a garden grown cucumber (swoon), real bananas (no plantains up in here), and some fresh grown green beans. All of this was purchased for less than 20EC, a total steal (keep in mind the exchange rate of 2.67EC/USD). In the picture, here is Vanessa putting all of her finds in her bag after negotiating on price with the vendor (and yes, we were boozing while cruising at the market).
This about sums up my week in a nutshell. I hope it stops raining so that I can go to the beach next weekend, I’d really like to be able to document an official ‘Fish Friday’ for you… but I’m sure I’ll have many new stories next week as anatomy lab (with cadavers!) starts this week. There is never a dull moment in life on the island.