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TANZANIA :)

Hi People,

Sitting in a lovely internet cafe in Iringa whilst writing this post 🙂 Been on safari already and it was so amazing but i’ll talk about that later.

Well i’ve just come to the end of my first week in Tanzania and I am now a 1/4 of the way through my time in Tanzania. I can safely say so far that my week here has been amazing and one of the best experiences of my life so far and I still have another three weeks left of the same!

I have met some amazing people and the house has such a community feel. I was instantly made to feel welcome and i now have a new nickname which is quite difficult to explain to you without saying it but it is basically an extended version of “Louis”. My first week in the hospital was also really fun, I have been doing Internal Medicine (Female) and the doctor I shadowed was extremely funny and informative. I am moving on to paediatrics this week and am really looking forward to it.

I was very surprised with the hospital when I first arrived. I think I expected it to be a really run down hospital with only the real bare necessities to be able to function. However Tosamaganga  Hospital is actually pretty good for an African hospital. It has everything it needs to function as a good hospital (however power supply is very limited!) and is generally a clean hospital as well.

Apart from being in the hospital I have been out and experienced the town of Iringa, I have socialised with my new found friends and I have also found the time to go on Safari. So… Safari 🙂 On Friday a group of 13 of us from Gap Medics decided to go to the local national park and spend a few days on safari. That has honestly been one of the highlights of the trip so far. We saw countless elephants, giraffes, impala, hippos, zebras and also the famed Lion. We also visited a Masai Village in which we got to experience local Masai life and buy some hand made Masai products. I have taken so many photos which, unfortunately, will have to be uploaded when I return to England as the internet here in Iringa is painfully slow.

I hoped you have enjoyed the brief insight into my first week on my Gap Medics placement and I will be updating you on what happens over the next week in due course.

Louis and others 🙂 x

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3 responses

  1. I am so glad this is the best experience of your life so far, that is exactly how we intended it to be for you.
    The many friends you have made and make will be there for life!
    The hospital experience must have been a revelation, similar to possibly what ‘internal medicine(female)’ , as you so elegantly wrote in your blog, is for us…I think you must have meant gynaecology, but the words, and/or spelling must have evaded you sitting there in the dusty heat of Iringa, or did the term elude to other curricular activities some 17 year olds get up too?
    All is good here, believe it or not but the sun is out, it is warm, people have broken into smiles( well occasionally at least ) the ferry still only docks in Dover and Calais, your sister is hard on her way to become an Historian, she now carries her GSCE History revision book with her everywhere, and mum is soaking up sun rays faster than you can spell sun, Maya is shedding her hairs fast, the chickens are on strike and Fabregas still hasn’t been sold to Barcelona.
    As you can see we are not bored, yet…
    Allright my dear boy, keep enjoying yourself, become a responsible man, and do something ‘naughty’ occasionally, you live only once!

    Keep us posted( thank G… your mum’s nerves have steadied…)

    Love you as awlays,

    Dad

    August 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm

  2. great to hear you having a good time Louis:-) What an experience…. Look forward to hearing more about it when you return]
    look after yourself

    karl

    August 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm

  3. Heidi Yssennaggger

    Hello Lou, really loved to read this…more please and more details!!! Glad to hear that you are having a great time! Miss you and love you loads! Stay safe! xxx

    August 8, 2011 at 7:39 am

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