It is I, Charlotte, back in the blogging world. I apologize for not writing at all this past year. I have been keeping quite busy with school!
This past September, I began my full-time Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at BCIT. For those who don’t know what Sonography is, it’s a fancy word used as another term for “Ultrasound.” What can I say about this program…it’s been a surreal experience so far. Time has flown by. It has been the most intensive learning experience of my life (and I’m only half way done!) I have learnt so much thanks to my amazing instructors and supportive classmates.
This past June, I had off. It was full of simply being and giving my fried brain a rest. On July 5th, I packed up my life in 1 suitcase and two boxes and moved over to the Island (Esquimalt to be exact). Here, I am attending my first Clinical experience both at Royal Jubilee Hospital and Victoria General Hospital. I arrived to the island 5 days before my clinical start. This gave me the opportunity to explore the area to get my bearings.
* * *
To be honest, I forgot what it was like to live here. It’s so beautiful and the weather is fantastic – just like its people. For those who don’t know, I actually grew up on Vancouver Island until I was 7. We lived in Sidney – a treasure of a town. I was brought up hiking in the near by forests or combing the beaches that were a 10 minute walk from home. I don’t admit it to myself often, but I will be forever grateful to have been raised here. So for the last 17 years or so, I’ve lived on the mainland. I had forgotten what it was like to live at an easier pace. Vancouver is a great city, but everyone has got to chill out sometimes. The traffic, and noise, the constant rush people are in. It’s pretty toxic, and I think I was at a point where it didn’t phase me anymore (pretty scary). It wasn’t until I arrived here when I noticed how blinded I was to the simplicity of life.
As I mentioned earlier, I arrived to the island a few days before clinical with my dear friend Marnel who helped me move in. Within the first few hours we had un-packed everything. Before we knew it, the Juan de Fuca trail map was pulled out and we were scouting out route. Since Marnel only had a short time here, we decided to do a two-day, one-night trip. I will blog about that adventure shortly!
In the mean time, here are some pictures of the beautiful place I’m situated.
Explore the island this summer. Especially Victoria if you’ve never been. Check it off your list why don’t you :)