LWI: Turn off the GPS

Not literally though. This week’s LWI is a reference to Dean Nowicki’s 2010 convocation speech telling freshman to take the time to explore different things. Don’t be so focused on a single idea/set path that you fail to see and experience other parts of Duke (or the world). My fellowship in Switzerland was a year of exercising this phrase, but now it’s time to try it in the comfort of home. Try getting lost in a new area through reading, physically exploring, thinking, or whatever you please. Happy adventures.

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Hiking: Rochers-de-Naye & Sam Smith Concert @ Montreux Jazz

This post is three weeks late, but better late than never. On my last day in Switzerland, I laced up my hiking boots for one more hike. I decided to stay close to home. In the morning, I took the train to Montreux. From there, I hopped on a cog wheel train to hitch a ride up to Caux, where I started the hike. It was a HOT day. The beginning of the trail was uncovered, so I was hit with quite a bit of sun. The middle part of the trail entered the woods (thank goodness). The final part of the trail creeped out of the woods toward uncovered area, but the wind picked up, making the heat much more bearable. I had a spectacular view of Lac Léman at the top.

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Lovely Lac Léman.
From Lausanne, these two peaks are hidden behind another mountain. When I saw them, I always imagined they were like the ears of a dumb bunny playing hide and seek who did not realize his ears were still showing.
From Lausanne, these two peaks are hidden behind another mountain. When I saw them, I always imagined they were like the ears of a dumb bunny playing hide and seek who did not realize his ears were still showing.

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Shadowing updates and thoughts

No new travel updates. Over the past two weeks (literally, I got back on the 8th), I’ve completed 19 secondaries. Only 3 more to go! In between, I’ve been shadowing a neurosurgeon (and Duke alum, which was how I found him) in the clinic and in the OR. So far, it’s been a great experience. Dr. Garcia is very kind, and he has not only allowed me to shadow, but he’s been very involved in educating me by explaining surgeries pre and post-op, what he sees in the X-rays and MRIs, how the medical/insurance system works, and politics. Obviously, HIPPA’s privacy rule protects patient’s health information, so I’ll comment here only on general thoughts I’ve had.

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Swiss reflections

Hi everyone, I got back to Florida on Thursday, and I’m hustling on those secondaries since I completely ignored them during my last week in Switzerland. Florida has been good: Dad and I have been playing tennis, I’m running (unfortunately on a treadmill to get that incline training since FL doesn’t have hills), and I’ve (FINALLY) been able to practice piano! But here I want to write some of my reflections on my time in Switzerland.

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Zermatt Half Marathon: Race Report

WOW yesterday’s race was insane. If you want the short version: course was generally rough, but a ton of fun (mostly). I grossly underestimated the elevation gain. The last 3 km probably took me about 45 min – 1 hour, and they were the toughest 3 km I’ve ever walked, but once I reached the finish line, euphoria set in.

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Super excited to crest the hill

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