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March 14, 2018


This is a scheduled post - I'm currently travelling!

I realised I never ended up posting about Edinburgh, which was the last stop on my Europe trip last year. It sounds like the most random destination to choose after going to Moscow, St Petersburg, Vienna and Budapest, but I'd signed up for a surgical skills course there (medical courses in the UK are equivalent to those in Australia but somehow much cheaper). I'd been there a few years before, but the weather had been absolutely terrible that time so I was happy to revisit.

I absolutely love Edinburgh's Old Town, especially when you look across from Princes St.

On my first day, I walked to Dean Village.

It's this amazingly picturesque village tucked away really close to New Town.

I walked back to the centre along the Water of Leith. This is St Bernard's Well.

Later that day, I did what any nerd would do and went for a cup of tea in the Elephant House cafe.

And to take a selfie in the restrooms.

The next two days were mostly spent at the course.

The first afternoon, I went up Calton Hill.

Arthur's Seat across town.

After the second day of the course, I walked around the old town in the nice weather.

Following a tour group to find this view.

Victoria St.

I'd run out of things I wanted to do for my last full day, so I went on a tour to the Highlands and Loch Ness.

Loch Ness kind of reminded me of Milford Sound in NZ.

It's some beautiful scenery which deserves more than just a day trip, I think.

March 5, 2018

3 weeks in a gym bag

You guys didn't think you'd get away without another long-ass packing post from me did you? As some of you might know, I have this bizarre love of packing as lightly as possible for trips. So here is the latest edition, with even more detail than usual.

February 24, 2018


The last few months have been a killer. In fact, in the last four weeks, there have only been two days where I haven't stepped foot inside a hospital. Two days. So you will understand when I say I'm now more or less deceased.

Good news is that I now have five (much needed) weeks off for annual leave! We get four weeks a year, but I had lots of days off that I didn't take from last year saved up, hence the five whole weeks. I haven't even been around here enough to tell you guys what I'm getting up to - I'm going to Morocco for two weeks, and will also be in (outer) London for a few days to do yet another work-related course (ATLS this time). Honestly speaking, I'm so exhausted that I kind of just want to stay in bed the whole time instead, but everything is booked and paid for so I guess I'll just have to bear it. For the first time ever I'm not looking forward to packing for this trip. Why is it still so cold in London?? I was hoping to not have to pack a coat. I'll let you guys know how it goes.

February 14, 2018


I was in Melbourne for a few days last week for an intensive care course at one of the hospitals down there. I only managed to squeeze it in - I left the same morning I finished up a night shift, and returned the same afternoon I was starting another - so I didn’t have much time to explore. I’ve been to Melbourne before, but not recently, and like I’ve said in the past it’s my city equivalent of that friend of a friend you always see by chance and really like, but never hang out with properly. For anyone who’s not been, it’s pretty much Sydney’s nicer, cooler younger sister.