What an incredibly wonderful week in Hilton Head with my family. We came down here for Thanksgiving last year, and apparently it's becoming a tradition. Hopefully I'll be able to sneak away for a few days in the coming years, even though I won't have the whole week off. It's so rare that my whole family is together (my little brother and his fiancé live in Minneapolis), so we really value the dinners, movies, games, and laughs together! New games we played: Dixit & One Night . . .
This past weekend's conference in Seattle was incredible. It was fun, inspiring, engaging, and really impressive. It was my first national conference as my class's rep for the American Association of Medical Colleges, and now I can't wait to go each year. Over 200 representatives from colleges all over the country met to discuss the leading issues in medical education and share ideas about each school's best practices. We had daily meetings as regions (SLU is part of the central region) . . .
My family has been going to Hilton Head since I was very little and it is a place I've come to love very much. The island has changed a lot in that time -- it's much more built up now -- but it still has the same low country, laid back beach vibe. It is a great place to visit as a solo (like I just did!), as couple, with friends (like I did for spring break!), or definitely with your family. Hilton Head is divided into "plantations" which are basically like huge neighborhoods. When I was . . .
YOU GUYS. Yesterday just turned into the longest day ever!! My 12 hour car trip turned into nearly 16 hours due to accident traffic outside Nashville and then a flat tire somewhere at the border of Tennessee and Kentucky!! I was so so lucky that I was already getting off to get gas when it happened, and also that a really nice man at the gas station offered to help me fix it. It would have taken me way longer to do it on my own! It's not ideal to drive that far on a spare, but I didn't . . .
Life is good here in Hilton Head! I'm getting into the swing of solo life and loving every second. I've been sleeping for almost exactly 9.5 hours every night, which is simultaneously amazing and terrifying. My body can't continue wanting that much sleep...medical school doesn't allow it! Mornings have started with coffee and journaling on the balcony. Then I've either done some yoga, gone for a bike ride, or one day I went to the gym for some elliptical and weights. That may happen . . .
I've travelled alone before, but I always met people to spend time with. This trip to Hilton Head is my first vacation where I will be all by myself with no plans. I AM SO EXCITED. I originally was going to have some company, but when that fell through I debated whether or not to still make the trip. It's a really long drive plus...would it be any fun? I decided that spending some relaxing time alone might be just with I need to round out this summer. I could read, lay in the pool, do yoga, . . .
Dublin is one of my favorite places in the whole world. I'm lucky enough to have visited seven times, one of which included going to school at University College Dublin for four months. I actually just got back from my most recent trip a few weeks ago! (Recaps here and here.) I have especially loved getting to experience the city with my Godparents and friends that live there, allowing me to get to know some off-the-tourist-track spots. If you're visiting Dublin soon, first time or not, I am . . .
Ireland temperatures in the summer are not like the midwest in the summer! The country is pretty far north and so stays cooler, but the North Atlantic Drift keeps the temperatures pretty moderate. Never too cold, never too hot. My #1 advice is to pack layers!! It could be nice in just a t-shirt during the day, but you could want a sweater and jacket if it's windy or rainy (which happen quite often.) Check the weather ahead of time to see if you're experiencing a rare warm period where you . . .
Oh hello, there! I had great plans to blog every day of my trip to Ireland, and then my computer died and my charger wouldn't work. I tried two different adapters, both of which would charge my cell phone but wouldn't work with my macbook charger. So that was a slight bummer, but I took it as a sign to step away from the computer for a week. I did plenty of Instagramming to make up for it. Dinner + Bulmer's Cider at The Auld Dubliner in Temple Bar I already told you about my first day . . .
Hello from Dublin!! The most exciting part of the flight is when you are finally close, descending in, and you drop below the clouds low enough to see the green patchwork. The flight was painless. I "slept" for most of the way, but couldn't ever really get comfortable. I had the most interesting and sweet 90-year-old woman next to me that talked to me all about her life and her travels for the beginning and end of the flight. The gluten free breakfast served was a rice cake and a . . .