Thursday 6th June

Trip Start Apr 21, 2013
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Trip End Jun 30, 2013


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Thursday, June 6, 2013

I was hoping that after our “getting to know each other drinking binge” in the clinic last night, then I would feel a bit more settled in my role here. I feel like everyone is getting a bit more used to me being here now and I guess my Spanish is coming along a bit as well. Today was really strange though and I have no idea why but there were no patients. No one to see the dentist, no one for the medical doctor and no one for the obstetrician. I tried to ask why this was the case but I was met with confused answers and no one seemed to be able to explain why this happens, but it seems to be a “Thursday thing”. I just don't understand why they bother coming to work at all, if they know there will be no patients. I would also expect them to be busied with someone finding work for them to do or something to clean, but no everyone just sat around chatting. I hope there are patients tomorrow, because quite frankly it was quite dull to be sitting around making small talk. At one point I even watched a movie with the dentist, and contented myself by reading the Spanish subtitles the whole time. More bizarrely was the fact that everyone seemed to have hangovers but that seemed to be allowed. The pharmacist turned up for work at 1pm, and then I saw two of the staff members asleep.
I guess it is just more relaxed here and they must have known that Thursday would be a quiet day and that was why they decided to party hard last night. I feel like I am settling in more now and able to take this experience for what it is. I don't know what I expected to happen and how I thought I would settle in more quickly. I just wish that I understood more about how the parteras work and knew if there was any chance that I will actually see a birth or not. I will continue to try hard though and at least develop my Spanish skills and learn more about the culture that I am surrounded by at the moment.
In the evening I was presented with a dinner of vegetables and potatoes, because I think they have realised that I don't really like rice with every meal. We have this strange dance going on where they seem to watch everything that I eat and then change my meals accordingly. Even though I have told them that all like all foods and whatever they cook me will be fine. For them, I feel like I am a bit of a novelty because they find it interesting that I don't like sugar in my drinks. For me I find it a novelty that they stir sugar into everything; coffee, tea, orange juice, water. Everything has a couple of tablespoons of sugar stirred into it. They joke that they think that I am on a diet and watching my weight because I decline sugar in everything. They also seem to have a long standing guessing game about how much I weigh and at the end of the day I was forced onto the scales in front of everyone. I didn't really care but I was shocked at how much weight I have apparently lost since starting this trip. As I don't feel any different and my clothes are the same I am choosing to believe that their scales are incorrect. This of course just added fuel to the fire that I should be heaping the sugar into my drinks.
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Gramma on

Good idea to stay away from the sugar. Glad to hear you are settling in, along with learning Spanish.

karen on

Yes, you must be quite a novelty to them! Lol

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