Sights Of Sydney

It’s been nearly a week here in Sydney! And I must say I’ve been quite the tourist! 

Here are some of the sights around Sydney! 

Darling harbour! Very big, very bright, but not buzzing. Reminded me of the waterfront back in Auckland but more chill. Such blue water! So picturesque!

This is called Chinese Friendship Garden! It’s in the middle of Sydney CBD as you can see the buildings in the background, but inside it’s pretty believable as it’s own garden. With a waterfall, a pond, several trees, even lizards (that I did not take pictures of)

While I was in Melbourne, I really wanted to see kangaroos and Koalas, but didn’t get the chance to. So in Sydney, I found my way to a wildlife park and even got to feed some kangaroos and watch enviously as koalas slept for 20h. 

Kangaroos are extremely cute by the way. Especially when they hop around! 

Madame tussauds! Not as big as the one in London, I’ve heard. And lacking in Ed Sheeran, but still, very cool. Very realistic Queen of England, and Taylor Swift! Adele not so much though.. 

And Sydney at night! It is definitely buzzing! Loving the low light photos I was able to take! 

But I’ve still got to say, Sydney is far too big for me to live in. My little city of Auckland is much more accessible and everything is familiar. But if you want to live in Sydney, you have to live in CBD. That’s the best way. Otherwise everything is a minimum of 45minutes away with no traffic! Which means, with traffic, it’s up to twice as long. I couldn’t do it.

But otherwise, Sydney is awesome!

More Aussie Trails

Greetings from Sydney!!

*insert opera music from Finding Nemo here*

So after my 10 days stretch and having days where I was talked at by 10 different people at once and being asked questions like “does this patient really need an enema considering he’s at the end of life” even though said patient is extremely impacted with a dilated rectum of 10cm, making me want to walk out or drop everything and scream…

I was perfectly ready for a break.

I had a week of annual leave that I decided to spend in Sydney!

Picture perfect, no? 

There stands proudly the Sydney harbour bridge (which is massive and makes the one in Auckland look like a joke) and the Sydney opera house.

Sydney is so bright and warm! I came to Sydney briefly 3 years ago but it was at a time where my brain was definitely not up to processing anything.

So I have returned to Sydney to properly explore. Hitting the tourist spots like the opera house

And Bondi beach

Really touristy stuff! And I’m absolutely ecstatic at being able to get my camera out for these places! Major photography spree.

So far Sydney seems pretty cool. But oh my goodness is it big.

It takes a minimum of an hour to get anywhere in this city with public transport. The public transport system is pretty good! But it still takes a very long time to get from A to B. And living in Auckland, where everything is practically 10 minutes away, this city is very bizarre for me.

Still. The scene is pretty great. 

More pics to come! 

Aussie Trails

So. Two weeks down of psychiatry! And as I am already over this rotation, I’ve started to look ahead to my last rotation of the year (before my final summer holidays of all time! T.T) 

What is this final rotation? Well I’m glad you asked!

In 5th year, students have the opportunity to carry out a 6 week selective in any speciality they desire. I suppose it’s a way to try one of the subjects you don’t necessarily get taught very well in med school. Or it’s a chance to try something you’re really passionate about to see if that is your calling! Anyway, some students get to do this overseas, some in Australia, and some in NZ. I decided to go “across the ditch”, as they say, to Australia! 

And my goodness was it a fiasco to organise. 

First it was finding a good place to go in Australia. So I emailed all the cities I could think of. Melbourne being on top of the list because I have friends there who adore the city and doctors I know who had a lot to say about the hospitals. But I had also emailed Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Gold Coast and Brisbane. 

That’s when I found out how useless universities are at replying. I mean, my own university is extremely useless in responding to students about their own screw-ups but the universities in Australia took it to a new level. I had emailed all of these places midway last year and some still haven’t replied. Some replied initially, but then wouldn’t respond when I asked further questions, and one university completely lost my application and the deposit I had paid for it! Not gonna mention who ahemcanberraahem, but it was a pretty tiring process. In the end it was okay because I wasn’t super keen on any other places ‘cept Melbourne and there was a point where I became completely apathetic about this whole selective organising process. Lack of replies can really kill enthusiasm. 

So. There were two places in Melbourne that I was interested in going to. One was the royal hospital of Melbourne who replied ages later to tell me that they aren’t accepting applications from my university “as they are unable to fulfil the assessment requirements” which is completely crazy because the “assessment requirements” is literally a one-page checklist to grade me on things like “clinical knowledge” please tick one of the boxes: “major deficiencies, some reservations, satisfactory, excellent” or something to that effect. Come on RMH. The other place was Alfred health through Monash university. Now these people were pretty okay. Replied fairly promptly given the fact that I only contacted them early this year. But they had a tonne of paperwork to do for the application. 

I had to request my 3 top speciality choices. I had no particular inclination to any speciality I wanted to do for sure. No “passion”. So I thought I would do the the smart thing and try to improve my knowledge in an area I am beyond useless in. That being radiology. Honestly I can’t tell a CXR from an AXR. I’m the kind of person that would look at a normal chest X-ray and point out consolidation, cysts and a bronchial tumour. Sooo I figured radiology would be a pretty safe bet for me to improve my skills and it would be pretty chill. Besides we get next to no teaching on radiology in med school. Win win. My next option was gastroenterology. This is the only subject I seem to have excelled in since highschool. I think I might be good at it and so maybe it’s something I’ll specialise in. So I thought I’d put it down. Lastly, cardiology. Because I can’t read an ecg to save my life and because some med students raved about how interesting it is. 

Funnily enough, I got accepted for gastroenterology. Must have been fate. Apparently their radiology department doesn’t have any room for a student. There were a lot of issues around this but mostly a lot of forms and taking passport size photos (there was no place that could do it decently for under $40 for 10 copies, so I had to do it myself using my canon. Actually turned out pretty well), getting a police background check, sending all of it hard copy to Australia depending only on NZpost (who were hugely unhelpful about my previous missing application, which made me anxious) and doing and online course for a certificate in hand hygiene. Eugh. 

Thankfully everything ended well. My documents were delivered, I am qualified in hand hygiene, and I just booked my tickets to Melbourne today!

Pretty excited for this! Never been to Melbourne. I shall be staying by myself and doing the adult thing. Hopefully it shall be a good experience!