The anxiety that I felt when I finally arrived at the airport was real. Four weeks in a different country, with no familiar face but my own; that’s a big step, especially for me. But this is the moment I have been waiting for. I have always wanted to travel, and travel alone. I also wanted to see a whole new part of the world, one different from the region I am familiar with.
The program I was a part of gave me the opportunity to shadow physicians while in Lisbon. I shadowed them at local public hospitals and the experience was nothing short of amazing. I was able to observe surgeries and small procedures as well as observe how patient care and patient advocacy differs from the US. The hospitals in Lisbon were very similar to the hospitals in the United States, however, at public hospitals patients are not responsible for the payment of their services. I met amazing doctors who not only taught me much more than I could have imagined in such a short span of time but who also inspired me with their outlook on patient care and medicine.
My program also took us on weekly excursions. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe. The buildings, castles, and palaces are centuries old and are still in use today. The people in Lisbon are diverse, friendly, and are open to tourists. They’re also really impressed and excited when visitors are open to learning about the Portuguese culture and language.
Note: Fado is a special music played by the Portuguese. It is typically slow and melancholy sounding but quite soothing to hear during dinner or when sitting with a nice glass of wine.
|Watch your steps as you walk from one side of the Moorish Castle to the next.|
These towns are neighbors to each other and they are 15 minutes apart from each other both are about an hour outside of Lisbon. The beaches and views were beautiful, but the water was a bit cold, so I did not swim.