Friday, December 11, 2009

Vacation Ending

It is my last day of vacation. Bummer. I have had a nice 6 days here getting some vitamin D, looking at pretty scenery, and generally chilling. We went snorkeling with sea turtles yesterday. Totally awesome. Today, I saw sea turtles at the aquarium. They looked a lot healthier in a way. I guess a life free of predators and full of regular feedings leads to a shinier shell without barnacles and other various perks.

I have noticed it takes me longer to unwind during vacations the further I get into this medical training adventure. The further you go, the more stress and responsibility builds up. While I have always preferred to take trips to cities or to do things outdoors on vacation, I am starting to see the appeal of the do-nothing vacation just for this reason.

There is an interesting Atul Gawande article on the Senate Health Care bill. Check it out.

Okay, off to the beach one last time. Tomorrow I will be spending on the airplane, so I'd better get some fresh air while I can.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Ahh... vacation. The joy of doing nothing except eating, sleeping, relaxing, and taking in all of the tropical beauty around me. Hawaii rocks, and I highly recommend a trip if you have never been. Over the past few days I have hiked through a rain forest to magnificent waterfalls, done a lot of swimming, eaten tons of coconut shave ice and guava juice, and generally chilled at the beach. It sure beats work. Pictures to come upon my return to the mainland.