Little luxuries.

  Working in hospital here in Trujillo has given me a unique opportunity to meet many people on a personal level, quickly. As such, I've been able to see a lot of vulnerability and honesty not typically afforded to a person you meet on the streets. In honor of Thanksgiving being last week, here are... Continue Reading →

reflections on neurosurgery.

Some reflections on neurosurgery: Instead of hearing Mozart gently playing while the surgeon quietly sat at the head of the operating table, as I had always imagined neurosurgery, two surgeons stood towering over the patient, the hum of the craniotome (a high-powered drill) drowning out all other noises in the room. My first neurosurgery was... Continue Reading →

The woman who spoke Quechua.

Quechua is one of the three official languages of Peru, and is commonly found in the Andes mountains as it is historically associated with the Incan civilization. Quechua differs drastically between the mountain villages, so a Quechua speaker from Cuzco may not be able to understand a Quechua speaker from Huaraz. It is also entirely... Continue Reading →


This past weekend, we hopped on a bus and visited an enchanting mountain city called Cajamarca. In Cajamarca, there are pre-Incan ruins, a farm that produces some of the best cheese you'll ever taste, and a downtown that will sweep you off your feet in approximately 7 seconds. We left Friday afternoon, and arrived to... Continue Reading →

Trujillo: Part 2

My dad called me the other day and asked why I haven't posted on the blog. The answer is three-fold. 1) I forgot. 2) I can't bring my camera out of my house, so I have almost no pictures. 3) I've been struggling to find a way to present Trujillo in a fair, unbiased way,... Continue Reading →

L a N o r i a.

Yesterday was my first day at the hospital, and it's taken me until now to form articulate thoughts about the experience. It was just so different from anything I've ever experienced! When I arrived, they assigned me to the Emergency Room. I recently spent some time shadowing in an Emergency Room in Waco, so I... Continue Reading →

Constant Change

Waco > Tulsa >┬áDallas > Tampa > Phoenix > Dallas > Houston > Lima > Cusco This is my itinerary for August 21-September 1, a mere 11 days. It's already been a crazy 5 days, so let me fill you in a little. On Monday, we left Waco right in the middle of the solar... Continue Reading →

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