It’s been like forever since I last had a perfect mini-vacation. My last 4 days were beyond perfect! 😀
Spending a good time with my family whether indoors or hanging out, enjoying the terrific scenes of Cairo was exactly what I needed to get out of the ordinary routine of college. My sister & I have captured HUNDREDS of photos. I’ve been shuffling through the pics for hours before finally settling on these!
#Al-Masah Hotel & Spa:
Green areas are endless in there, it’s the right place for kids, for a barbecue and even for meditating-nature-lovers! 🙂
#Wandering with a “Nile Bus”:
I’m sorry they haven’t yet invented cameras to capture the soothing Autumn breeze!!
El Gezirah Hotel.
Four Seasons Hotel.
Widest part of the Nile.
Another Nile cruise & “Cairo Tower” behind.
Cairo Tower, far view.
Cairo Tower, fading at the horizon..
World’s highest flagpole, a recent record in Guinness!
“Ramses Hilton” hotel.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs building.
Isn’t it magnificent?? 😀
I love family traditions, especially when it comes to holidays and feasts. The sweet flavor of such occasions has always given me that warm feeling of belonging somewhere.. 🙂
This morning, we started celebrating “Eid Al-Adha“; the “Greater eid” or “The feast of sacrifice”. Rituals last for four days (which are an official vacation :D) and from the name, “sacrificing” a sheep and equally sharing the meat with relatives, friends and the needy takes place among other rituals.
(If that interests you, I strongly recommend reading about it in this friend-post).
Anyway, I’m shedding the light on the social side; sharing and bringing people together. As a kid, I remember how excited I felt about getting up early on the first day of eid, wearing my new clothes, going to the “Eid prayer” with my family, exchanging greetings on our way with whoever we met and bonding with the “sheep” before facing its destiny!
I can recall too, being eager to meet up later with my cousins, uncles and aunties at my grandparent’s place, watching a movie together or going for a barbecue, blowing baloons with friends or neighbors and bragging about the “eideya” (money of eid) I collected from my parents and relatives. And for sure, I never missed the most thrilling part; joining a mini-FIREWORKS party with the other kids!!
In case you’re wondering about now, I certainly can tell that years have changed nothing! Except for abandoning fireworks (it’s not that I mind, but seeing a 20-years-old playing fireworks down the street is just awkward!) and ditching the sheep, I’m still that little kid! 😉 🙂
I’ve never been in love with those few remaining days of summer vacation.. People would normally seize every moment of those fun “remnants”, whereas I walk the opposite direction!!
I go into a “hibernate” mode; my vacation’s active rhythm freezes, my mind goes blank, I run out of the enthusiasm I had throughout summer, I even fail to find anything I love to write about, and everything turns into pure boredom!
Pathetically, slipping into lectures, clinical rounds, courses and the very usual (and mostly boring) Med. School routine is the only way I can “restart”!
The good news is, 5 days from now, I’ll be going back to School! Let’s see how things will turn out.. And frankly speaking, this has nothing to do with books and studying (even medical students don’t like that); I’m not the nerd you might think of.. Or am I?? 😀
Being a medical student can be either funny, weird or pathetic…
Well, it’s funny when..
- Everybody knows you must be so smart!
- Most of people respect you!
- Everybody calls you a doctor that sometimes you hate it!
- There’s a syndrome with your name (medical student syndrome)!
- You know how to measure blood pressure, how to use a stethoscope and what drugs are used for!!
- You know it’s called “Alzheimer’s” not “Zahaimar” and “Schizophrenia” not “Shezophrenia” ! 😛
- Your neighbor catches flu and asks you to prescribe her a drug!
- You watch medical series and feel so happy when you understand what they’re talking about and much happier when you know the diagnosis of a disease!
- You’ve got plenty of time (7 years) to make new friends, they become a part of your family and you become a part of theirs!
It’s weird when..
- You use medical terms in the middle of your ordinary talk, even without noticing!
- Your Facebook status and posts are medically related!
- You type “Vagus” instead of “Vegas” and “Staph” instead of “Staff” and you may even say “Jugular” instead of “Jaguar”!!
- Your parents get you a stethoscope, a microscope or any other “scope” for your birthday & you may celebrate it at college with your friends within 15 minutes right before an upcoming lecture!
- You’d rather spend two hours staring at a human liver, studying its anatomy, than go home later and find out that your mother has cooked “livers” for lunch!!
- You’re not supposed to panic when you see a dead body dissected into pieces or a blood pool in the street!
And it becomes pathetic when..
- You forget your name!
- You’re always supposed to be anywhere but your home… Doing what? Attending either lectures, sections, rounds or courses!!
- You forget what a “weekend” means since you’re out 24/7!!
- You’re always doing something, so your biggest fun becomes staying at home and doing nothing!
- You either have migraines, gastritis or sinusitis!
- You take anti-depressants, anxiolytics & sedatives without (or with) consultation!
- You get a panic attack at least twice!
- Sometimes you think you might need psychotherapy!
- Your summer vacation starts 2 months after other students get bored of theirs!
- Your younger siblings graduate before you do and even get a job!!
- You usually miss your family gatherings, birthday parties & weddings and you spend your whole “Eid” vacation studying for an upcoming exam!
- Peoples’ blood, urine, stools, pus, sputum and vomitus become a part of your curriculum and a part of your job later!! (Yeah, I know it’s disgusting)!!
But you know what, after all, I think I love being a medical student!! 🙂