December Adventures Seattle Part 3

In one of my adventures this month, I was exploring the city of Seattle, Washington. Here is Part 3 out of 4.

Part 3: Tower and Art

When you visit Seattle, how can you not see the Seattle Tower? As you have probably guessed, that is what I did. To be completely honest, once you see one tall tower, you’ve seen them all. I know that sounds very cynical and I can have some appreciation to architectural designs. However, it’s just one of those things when you visit a place and that is it. I went to the tower and I saw it. I guess some of my “downy downerson” side could also be from just looking at the tower and not actually going into it. I did not go to the top simply for one main reason, there were a fair amount of people there. Anyway, I did not take a picture of it and simply moved on to the place I was most excited for.

The Glass Garden is a small building containing the artistic works of Dale Chihuly. You can read more about him on the Glass Garden website. I am going to be honest, the tickets are the not cheapest as tickets go. However, I think it was worth it. I especially loved the outdoor ones where there is this combination of glass art and nature. It was as if I was transported to a new foreign land, kind of like the movie, Avatar (not the horrible film version of the Last Airbender).

We were allowed to take pictures, but I feel as if I should not post them. For one of the joys is going without a good idea of what you may see.

For the night, I went to a “Crab Pot”. Basically, where they put food on the table, and you eat it. To be honest, it was not the best crab I have had, but it was a fun experience.

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December Adventures Seattle Part 2

December Adventures Seattle Part 2

In one of my adventures this month, I was exploring the city of Seattle, Washington. Here is Part 2 out of 4.

Part 1: First Starbucks

This part is rather short. It was a busy day, but there was one memorable spot I went to, the First Starbucks… sort of.

I love coffee, like most of my colleagues. It is the substances that helps with all those late night and early morning study sessions. So, how could I give up the chance to go to to the first Starbucks?.

first starbucks

 

Like any other location, it had the same drinks you could get anywhere else. However, they also had a couple special drinks just for that location. It was a particular brew, I guess. Either way it tasted good which is all that matters right?

Well one more thing, I guess I visited the wrong location. The location I went is not apparently the first one? I went to the address on the official site, but as I walked around the market there was another smaller one with a long line of people and a window proclaiming to be the first one. So shrug*

December Adventures Seattle Part 1

December Adventures Seattle Part 1

In one of my adventures this month, I was exploring the city of Seattle, Washington. Here is Part 1 out of 4.

Part 1: Pike Market

I love markets like this one because of the environment. There is something energizing about being in an area where there is so much commerce. I saw book stores, coffee shops, even stores selling figurines made with the ashes of Mt. Helen.

One thing I loved about this market is the availability of seafood. I love seafood. There was one location where I was able to get fresh Dungeness crab and cooked. While it wasn’t up to the standards of the sweet crab meat I had in Asia a while back, it was still amazing. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture.

Speaking of food, I had to try two things I have been hearing a lot about: the Pike Place Chowder and Piroshky Piroshky bakery. As with famous spots, these places had long lines even on a cold rainy December day. However, they were worth the wait.

Chowder

The chowder I had was so creamy and rich with seafood, it was a musical in my mouth. Unlike many chowders I have tried, it wasn’t too salty either which was a huge plus.

The bread from the bakery had the texture that you expect good bread to have. While I did wish the coffee bread was a little bit sweeter, it is a small complaint for what was just my mouth hovering midair due to the wonderful fluffiness of their bread. I never really say anything is perfect, save for a few exceptions, but this place is close to it.

 

Thoughts during break

So for break, I have been traveling around, exploring. Upon this, I realized something about myself. I used to want to live in the suburbs or in a small town. I like the quiet and peace that comes with it. However, I started fancying the idea of a bigger city. I think it’s because of the energy I feel every time I just walk passed down the walls of the buildings. Everyone has something they are up to, and you just become lost in the sea of ideas and actions. There is life in it. It’s exciting. It’s adventurous, and I like adventure.

I’m back and Medical School Structure

It’s been a while since my last post. Mainly because, I’ve been busy with finishing my term. I am glad to say that I have passed all my courses.

So what does that mean? And why should you care that I passed?

Well for one, I might be your doc in your future, lol. Or if you are wondering how medical school is structured, this post might be helpful.

Semester 1 has been about basic science. Literally we go back to biochemistry, anatomy, histology, etc. This is to establish the foundation for what is to come.

Starting next semester (Semester 2 of year 1), I will be in systems courses. From what I hear from my upper classman, these courses will entail the medical aspect of things such as illnesses and drugs, etc. You know, one of the reasons we are in medical school. So I am really excited. These system courses will continue on until the end of year 2. So that means for both semesters of year 2, I will be in systems. Afterwards, there is Step 1. This is the first of many standardized examinations because who doesn’t like those? The Step 1 score will be the huge contributor to placement in residency so it’s no joke. Probably more important than the MCAT for some perspective.

If you pass step 1, you can move on to clinical rotations. This is when you actually go out to hospitals to work and study. You don’t get paid, and by work I am told you are literally at the bottom of the bottom. And frankly, you can’t complain because in that high and mighty: “look at me I’m a medical student mindset”, you realize you don’t know anything. So stop trying to show off or be arrogant, and study. With these rotations, you will have shelf examinations at the end of each one. This is to make sure you actually learned about the specialties you are rotating in. I believe between year 3 and 4 you take Step 2 PE. Basically, to make sure you know how to treat patient, so you know don’t be Dr. House.

With the end of year 4, you apply for residencies and hopefully get in.

I know all this info seems rushed and not detailed. For one, I am still in year 1, so this is just everything I have learned from professors and upperclassman. Also, of course there are more factors to consider, a big one is what specialty one would want which would require different things: e.g. Ortho vs FM. And by FM, I mean family medicine and not your “car radio which somebody stole”…(TOP anyone?). And honestly, it might seem like a huge headache, and it is, at least it is for the part I am right now. But you just have to take one thing at a time. And this goes with anything that you do. Losing weight? 1 calorie at a time. Binging Netflix? One episode at a time. ETc.

 

Anyway glad to be back, but logging off,

J