Amigos, Pizzas and Laparoscopic Cholecystectomies?

Trip Start Jun 14, 2005
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Trip End May 12, 2006


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Thursday, March 30, 2006

So I know youīre asking what do all of those have in common. My week in the Adventist capital of Argentina, Libertador San Martin! The Adventist College is settle way out in the country in a little town of about 4000 most being Adventist (sound like College Place, Washington?). It reminded me big time of Walla Walla except for the security gate that runs around the entire campus (I guess they really want to protect their women). However, this place has the only Adventist medical school in South America and has highly regarded Adventist hospital next door. After months of unpacking, packing, spending and traveling by myself for 3 months it was so nice just to crash in Alanīs room for a week and half eating off of there cafe-cards and hanging out with friends (I actually knew quite a few of the American students there)! However donīt get the impression that I was a complete bum for the week and half as I had an inside connection with the Chief of Surgery at the hospital (my mom works with his sister) and he let me watch operations in the mornings. Some highlights of my time in the OR... even though Iīve already been though this before (2 year ago) the first operation I saw once again send me running to the bathroom to put my head between my legs. But just like last time the second time I was fine. Although I canīt hardly remember half of the names of the stuff I saw (it was in spanish) I did get to see 7 Laparoscopic Cholecystectomies (gallbladder removal) which were awesome and a leg amputation which almost sent me to the bathroom again. Although I canīt say that I learned a whole lot as the language barrier (medical lingo in Spanish... uggh!) was quite huge but I had a good experience and made a lot of new friends. Other than that I just hung out and spoke a lot of spanish until once again I had to part ways saying good-bye to all my old and new buds. However this time I wasnīt going to be bymyself for long as I was heading back to Buenos Aires to hang out with a school friend since kindergarten, Annie Hilliard. And then... then... in two days the one and only, absolutely incredible (and did I say hot) Juliana Hayton was flying into Buenos Aires to spend her Semana Santa with me. Needless to say I felt special...
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