Happy New Year! (I’m Back!)

Welcome to my version of The Christmas Card. I might even send it out to my friends and family. 🙂

2011 was a rollercoaster of a year and here’s hoping 2012 is even crazier!

January—I moved to Aberdeen, Scotland to begin my M.Sc. Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy) program at Robert Gordon University.

February & March—Lots of school work.

April—I made a low-key visit back to Minnesota to catch up on Maddie snuggles. I also visited Edinburgh for the first time and had the chance to wander the grounds of the castle.

May—I passed through Glasgow to see a friend from New Orleans and I traveled with six of my classmates to Ibiza, Spain for a decompression weekend following our first round of exams. I also began my first clinical placement at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. I fell in love with the bagpipes.

June—I experienced my first “midnight sun” in Inverness.

July—I was forced to go to class on the Fourth of July. I was bitter.

August—I went to London for the first time to visit a friend from New Orleans. I also went to Ireland, Bulgaria (with two of my girlfriends from class), and Switzerland for my Summer Holidays. In Locarno, Switzerland I completed a bucket list item and did the GoldenEye Bungee Jump off the Verzasca Dam.

September—I began my second clinical placement at Kincardine Community Hospital in Stonehaven and took the opportunity to visit Dunnottar Castle.

October—I went to Greece for a weekend to meet up with the girls from The Village. I hiked in flip-flops and didn’t get injured, and experienced Greece as all the unrest and strikes were beginning.

November—I traveled to Spangdahlem, Germany for Thanksgiving weekend to visit a friend from home and immerse myself into the All-American Air Force culture for a couple days. I also visited the American Military Cemetery in Luxembourg and had the chance to use a bit of my French.

December—I went to Edinburgh for the German Christmas Market. I flew home to Minnesota for the holidays. I spent the long Christmas weekend in Los Angeles with the Hovey clan. And during the unseasonably warm weather in Minnesota Maddie and I were able to get maximum snuggles.

What’s ahead in 2012?

Four more clinical placements–three in Scotland. One research paper. A visit from Dad and Merry Beth. A visit from Mom. A trip home in July. And as for that fourth and final clinical placement? Sri Lanka. And, if I’m lucky, a month long tour of Southeast Asia following my six weeks in Sri Lanka. My program will finish after my placement in Sri Lanka and I will be looking for “Big Girl” jobs when I get home from my travels in January 2013.

I hope this note finds you happy and healthy, safe and sound.

 Hugs, Kisses, and Good Wishes,



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