|Outside the clinic the first evening|
We arrived back from South Africa about a week ago and have been sorting through pictures and getting settled into the new semester since. So now it's time for the long anticipated post-trip update! Overall it was a great trip, a very good introduction for us working together in a medical setting in Africa (and I have to mention that the weather was perfect the whole time, no rain, 60-70* temps, great break from the island this time of year). Though South Africa is very much like the states in many places and not what you think of as Africa, we were able to spend time in the poor communities and squatters camps. Here people live in mud and stick houses, without running water, electricity, trash pickup...any of the modern conveniences.
|Africa from the air|
|3 tent clinic|
Anyway the rest of the days, we spent in Durban at the local market to search for unique mementos, check out the "largest" mall in the southern hemisphere, and seeing the new soccer stadium build for the 2010 world cup. Then we packed up and headed to the game reserve for an overnight and game drive. Those details and picture will be in the next post, so stay tuned! Here are a few highlight pictures, but there are so many more that I have created a Picasa account (click here) that you can all view more pictures on. Please check out the link for more of our time in Africa, enjoy!
|Inside the clinic, rooms on the right|
|Houses in Shiyamoya|
|Owen and some of his first patients at clinic|
|Hard at work in the Pharamcy|
|Removing skin tags|
|Owen let me take some BP's and blood sugars|
|Emergency house call on the hillside|
|Some cinder block bricks fell on her leg and cut it badly|
|Bread distribution at Happy Valley|
|Owen passing us the bread|
|A little soccer after church|
|High fives for the school kids|
|Kids playing hair stylist|
|Our Team: 6 med students, me, 1 pharmacist from Texas, Dr. Laib from Illinois, Pastor Felix from Illinois, and many more from Crossroads in Durban|
The second part of the week we did a little sightseeing, including the soccer stadium in Durban built for the 2010 World Cup. The last day we got to go on a game drive. We got to see 3 of the big 5 which was pretty exciting, including elephants, rhinos, and cape buffalo (no lions or leopards). I was surprised by how many animals we actually got to see. We were also able to get so close to the giraffes and had a herd of elephants approach the trucks, it was awesome. I think the elephants and giraffes were my favorite, so beautiful. The landscape was also incredibly beautiful. It was a great end to the trip and an experience we'll never forget. There's not much else to say about the game drive, the pictures pretty much speak for themselves. Please enjoy and check out our Picasa album here for more pictures.
|2010 World Cup Stadium in Durban|
|From the lodge, you could see elephants on distant hills|
|Nyaln, African dear|
|My amazing outfit and Owen's amazing hair!|