Today is my last day on ENT and the chilly rainy weather did not help getting up for rounds this morning 🙈 I would much rather stay snuggled in bed dreaming about this Winter Palace...what are your favorite rainy day activities??
Home to the monarchs until the 20th century, the Winter Palace serves as the home to the Hermitage Museum, the second largest art museum in the world. With six buildings and 1500 rooms, you can be sure to get your moneys worth at this museum! Do you like visiting art museums?
Fall lasted like five seconds in Dallas y’all - it’s 40°F and rainy today 🌨 But the cold doesn’t bother me when I’m in the OR all day ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Lets talk bad weather and traveling ⤵️⤵️
Unfortunately with travel, you can’t always control the weather. You can try and predict based on the season, but sometimes it’ll still catch you by surprise. I remember traveling to this specific city and the rain came out of nowhere. We booked a tour to see this specific monument, in a city we may never have the opportunity to visit again, and all we could do was run by it and snap one picture because it was raining so hard. ..
.. At the moment, I was really sad that I didn’t get to admire this beautiful building in its entirety, but I look back and I’m grateful I was even able to snap a picture of it at all! Don’t let bad unexpected weather ruin your trip - try to pack and prepare as much as possible, but always remember to be grateful!
Happy Friday! I wasn’t able to post yesterday because I was scrubbed into a case for about 13 hours 🙈 it was a long day to say the least! Only one week of surgery left to go 👊🏻
Did y’all see my packing organization tips on my stories this week? I shared the five products I always use when I travel plus the suitcase I love! One more packing tip to round out the week ⏩ CAMERAS! ..
I’ve gotten a few questions about how my fiancé likes to pack his camera. 📸 He always carries it on the plane in its case all in his backpack. He has a Ruggard DSLR holster bag with an attachable lens case and he uses an @goincase backpack to hold it while traveling! It also serves as the perfect place to put everything that doesn’t fit in my crossbody 😉 What bag do you use to travel with your camera??
Happy hump day! I’m not sure if it’s all the rain in Dallas or just that mid-week slump, but I have not been able to focus on today’s lectures 😴😴
In today’s stories, I’ll be covering my top 5 organization tips! Check in to see the products I always use to travel and why. When you travel so often, organization is so helpful in packing, unpacking, and knowing what you packed during your trip! ..
Today’s tip? 💡💡 I love traveling with cross-body bags. They’re small enough to carry the essentials, easy to walk around with, and you can keep it pretty safe and prevent pickpocketing. My faves are @katespadeny or @verabradley ! I usually pack one or two that go with most of my outfits so I’m not constantly having to switch bags! What’s your favorite travel purse??
I am LOVING my ENT rotation! Yesterday I got to do some liposuction that would help someone use their vocal cords more efficiently, and today I helped suture a neck I&D and remove a sebaceous cyst from the scalp - not a bad day in the OR 😎
Let’s talk suitcases! My mom works for an airline, so all my life I’ve used @travelprointl suitcases. They’re durable, and the crew variety specifically have so many versatile pockets designed for the constant traveler. I currently use the TravelPro FlightCrew5 22” Expandable Rollaboard and it is perfect for me! If I know I’ll be walking a lot or taking a lot of public transportation, I tend to use my @verabradley duffel bags - they have a duffel for everyone, they’re machine washable, and also very functional.
Regardless, I like to keep my luggage carry-on size because I like the flexibility of being able to hop on a plane at a moments notice! What’s your go-to traveling piece??
This post is not sponsored in any way, I just love using these products!
Happy Monday everyone! Today I start week 7 of my surgery rotation with the ENT service (Ear, Nose, and Throat for those not familiar with the acronym!). Ophthalmology was so interesting the last two weeks, but 👀 gotta day, it wasn’t for me 😝. Who 👃🏼, maybe ENT will be my calling? (Ok I’ll stop with the puns...)
I’ve gotten a few questions about packing and what tips I have for first-time travelers or those who travel often but don’t feel efficient. This week I thought I’d share a tip a day, and then on Wednesday I’ll share my top 5 organizing tips! Comment below if you have any specific packing questions you want covered! ⤵️⤵️⤵️
💡 My number one piece of advice when traveling is always research the weather and culture of the city or country you are visiting. Though you are not a resident, you should still try to be respectful of their culture and try to blend in. Not only does it show you are trying to understand their way of life, but it also makes you less of a target as a tourist! As far as weather, you’ll always wanted to be prepared with a rain coat, extra jacket, or tennis shoes depending on your environment!
I hope y’all liked my Berlin highlights this week! Today marks my last day on ophthalmology and a mini golden weekend with the fiancé 😆 For next week, would you rather I cover my collection of paintings or some of my packing tips? Comment below!
As I mentioned, you can head to the top of the Television Tower to get an aerial view of Berlin. They also have a restaurant that you can dine at for the best of both worlds. At just the right time, the sun hits the tower and the reflection forms a cross. Berliners nickname it the “Pope’s Revenge” - make sure to try and check it out!
Throwing it back to 2013 to my fiancé and I’s very first date ❣️ Yesterday was #NationalBoyfriendDay and even though he’s been promoted to fiancé ♥️, I thought I’d share why Berlin is so near and dear to my heart! 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕
We met during our freshman year of college, but we didn’t start talking about taking our friendship further until the summer after sophomore year. We talked every night that summer and agreed that we could take our relationship slow when we both returned to college for junior year. In July, however, he was accepted into the Berlin study abroad program and we agreed again to pick up when he returned. But we talked every night when he was in Berlin as well, and halfway through his quarter, he bought me a ticket to visit him in Berlin! I took the chance and we had the most magical weekend together. The rest is history 😉 ..
Where did you and your significant other go on your first date?
Welcome to BERLIN, GERMANY! I chose to feature Berlin this week since Oktoberfest, the annual celebration in Munich, is ending this weekend. I’ve visited Munich, but not during Oktoberfest, so I’ll share some fun facts about the celebrations and I’ll highlight Berlin in my stories!
Oktoberfest started as a royal wedding celebration (surprise surprise) back in 1810. Horse races and carousels filled Munich drawing people from near and far, It was so much fun, that they hosted it again the following year. Today, it’s one of the largest festivals in the world with beers galore and plenty of fun to be had. Have you ever been? Comment below! And check to see if your city is having a local Oktoberfest! 🍻
Zoning in on the country ⏭⏭ Germany! I’ve visited this city during the summer and fall, and both have such different activities to offer! I especially love viewing cities via aerial view 🔝 you can climb to the top of this church and get incredible views of the entire city! What cities offer some of your favorite aerial views?
Fall is here! Along with one of my fiancé’s favorite yearly events 😉 Now I’ve never been, but I’m happy to share history of the event, and one of my favorite European cities to visit! ..
.. Since I grew up in Texas where there are really only two seasons, I think fall in Europe is truly beautiful. There are many activities to participate in in this country specifically, but I imagine throughout the continent as well. I visited this Harvest Festival five years ago and fell in love with these very traditional fall customs! What are your favorite fall things to do? Comment below! ⤵️
Happy Friday y’all! Sending all of the peaceful vibes with this photo of the Taiwan Pavilion your way before the last weekend of September (where did the time go??). You can find this tranquil spot in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Park, one of Tokyo’s largest and most popular park. It’s a grea place to come during cherry blossom season as they have over 400 types of trees to “oooh and aww” at from March to April. •
I’ve got some exciting content planned the next week weeks, but comment below if there’s a city you’d like featured! Do you want to see more Japan content?
Did you catch my highlights reel on Tokyo yesterday? Comment your favorite part below! It is truly one of my favorite cities for a number of reasons ⤵️
•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 🏮 The culture is so beautiful - one of my favorite parts of traveling is learning peoples backgrounds, why they are the way they are. So much of how we interact today is influenced by our ancestors’ history. Taking the time to read and learn about it can make connecting with each other so much easier. 🏮 The country itself is stunning in a variety of ways! From the technology-focused city center, to the surrounding urban neighborhoods - you’ll find beauty everywhere you look. 🏮 And of course, the food. The US has some good Japanese spots, but nothing beats the real thing. And when a culture treasures and respects how we view and eat food, you really can’t go wrong with anything you eat! •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• This is the Wishing Tree at the Meiji Shrine. The tradition is that these sacred Camphor trees are designated as Wishing Trees by the thick rope around the trunk and the Wishing Wall around it. As a visitor, you can donate a few coins to write a prayer or wish on the tablet, hang it up, and the Shinto priests will pray for all of the wishes. Wishing you a happy Thursday!
Welcome to TOKYO, JAPAN! This has been one of my favorite cities I’ve traveled to so far, so much so that I’ve visited twice already. It’s an easy city to get around and the people are very friendly! Not to mention, all👏🏻the👏🏻amazing👏🏻food! The Asakusa shrine, Shrine of the Three Gods, is one of the more famous Shinto shrines in Tokyo. Prior to entering the shrine, you can engage in the purification fountain to cleanse your hands and mouth, and ultimately your soul, so that you may enter the shrine. Bask in the glory and details of the beautiful shrine that has even survived World War II. Lining the shrine are shops filled with treats and goodies to help you remember this perfect spot! Have you ever visited Japan? Comment your favorite thing to do below!
Check back later today to see my full highlights on Tokyo!
With a rumored 1,000 people crossing at any given time, it’s no wonder this street crossing is considered one of the busiest and most iconic in the country. The crowds are timed with the two large nearby train stops, with people coming from all directions. The best view of the crossing is from the second floor of the Starbucks - check it out to see everyone bustling to and fro! Can you guess where I’m highlighting yet??? Comment your guesses below! ••••••••••••••••••
Day two of ophthalmology and all I can say is I’m grateful for sleep and two functioning eyeballs! This field is great if you love the combination of clinic plus surgery. I’ve seen a great deal of pathology so far, things I’ve only read about since we don’t get much exposure to ophtho unless you do a rotation in it. Hope y’all are having a great Tuesday!
After a brief insta hiatus, I’m back and ready to share a new continent! With over three million visitors a year, this shrine is one of the more popular shrines in the country. It’s a perfect place for tranquility and peace, and to take in the beautiful customs of their culture. 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸
This week I’m continuing my surgery rotation with the ophthalmology service! 👀 Definitely a different experience - 👁’ll keep y’all updated for these next two weeks (see what I did there 😜)
Happy Friday! With 775 rooms, Buckingham Palace is the current headquarters for the Monarch if the United Kingdom. Basically, if you’ve seen the Crown on @netflix , you know what’s up. The best part of visiting the palace is watching the changing of the guards. It’s a formal ceremony with precise coordination and choreography - v v entertaining. Every year, the palace opens its doors over the summer for public tours with differing exhibits each time. Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of Kate or Meghan 👸🏻
How #London is this photo? In case you missed it, my London recap is saved in my highlights. One of the best parts about visiting this city was immersing myself in the vast history throughout - from buildings to places, there is so much to learn! That’s why I love making my highlights for each city - to help anyone needing any recommendations but also because I love reliving and relearning about cities I’ve visited. When you visit a new city, what are you favorite things to do?