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January 23, 2011

Sadly, due to seaplane safety and fog in Vancouver, I never made it to the CaRMS interviews. Only when you can’t escape it, does it become apparent how living on an island can be a challenge. It’s a lot harder for those on tiny islands who may only have one option for getting away. It would be nice to own a boat one of these years, for a little more freedom  to escape.

I decided to go to Vancouver anyway. I had a nice long walk to the ferry, managed to meet half the hospital on board – we could have set up a M.A.S.H. unit if someone got a paper-cut , – and enjoyed a calibre of public transit that is completely lacking in most small cities of Canada. As much as I get excited about efficient mass transit (oh, Berlin! Vancouver! Toronto! London! Hong Kong!), I remembered that it isn’t that enjoyable when someone really really smelly stands next to you. That, or when a jerk boyfriend pesters his obviously embarrassed girlfriend with some not-so-cryptic innuendo and she says “we need to talk.” Awkward!

Instead of ‘work’ I had a fun weekend catching up with friends, something that is probably much more important than learning how to interview residents. None of my friends there are in healthcare which is a wonderful thing. They all have interesting jobs and hobbies, which means learning something new every time we chat. Conversations with fellow medical people can’t help but focus on medicine, and I do usually eat it up happily, but it is refreshing to have a change.

I may have another opportunity next year to see the other side of CaRMS.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2011 7:33 pm

    Toronto’s transit system really isn’t that great, Jess.
    Especially at $3 a pop.

    • January 24, 2011 9:01 pm

      I don’t know about the price, but other than the enormous gaping hole that is the lack of transit between the airport and downtown, I’ve always gotten where I needed in good time.

      Spending one’s first 17 years just inside city limits, 1/2 drive from downtown, 1hr (BID) bus journey to school, and with no public transit means I’ll never take a transit system for granted. Metro Toronto is a step above most Canadian places and many other countries that I’ve travelled to. Only when enough of us give up our cars will there be better transit infrastructure.

  2. January 25, 2011 2:49 pm

    Here here on your point about giving up cars in favour of better transit/bike infrastructure!

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