One journey is over, the next is yet to begin
After a 3 year hiatus and on the verge of finishing up medical school at McMaster University it's time for some travels. These last three years have flown by so fast and unfortunately outside of Chicago and a brief 2 day stint in Calgary haven't had much time to explore any new destinations. The last trip to Thailand / Cambodia / Berlin / Amsterdam was a celebration of getting into medical school and embarking on a once in a lifetime journey. It's hard to imagine it flew by so fast and I'll now be starting residency in July at the University of Toronto in Family Medicine, super excited about that! What's the best way to celebrate? Of course with another one of those once in a lifetime travel plans.
Last time there was a lot of debate as to where to plan our vacation and we ended up choosing Southeast Asia and parts of Germany for our trip but we had been highly considering Spain at the time. This last few weeks a lot of ideas were thrown around and at one point it was more frustrating to choose a destination because it seemed as if there was no perfect spot to go visit (on top of all the exam preparation, and the 9999 forms needed to fill out for residency). India was on the list initially until my travel mate pointed out it's probably going to be about 45 degrees and full of monsoons so that was off the table. Next up we had Mexico where we had planned to backpack from Mexico City to Cancun over three weeks which we thought was pretty badass secondary to a ridiculously cheap flight for $370 courtesy of yyzdeals.com, but with the recent questionable zika developments and the questionable safety of Mexico (which from reading actually looks like its not as much an issue if you keep your head down and don't attract unnecessary attention) we had decided to stay astray. Option numero 3 (but was really #1 the whole time) was Spain. Spain has for some reason been on my radar for the last 5 years ever since the movie Zindigi Na Milegi Dobara came out in 2011 and I had this internal inkling to jump on that expedition. As we sat in class last week, my travel mate, Yanbo (further introductions to come in the future) and I pulled open our laptops, searched for some fares and made a semi-YOLO decision and booked flights into Madrid and out of Barcelona. I finish my exam on May 6th and May 9th will be heading out for this 17 day journey, returning a comfortable 2 hours the night before we have graduation :/. Cozy.
The excitement factor is on the rise day to day as I read more and more blogs from fellow global travelers and provides a good outlet for exam time stress.
There's a few minor hurdles until this big trip begins and then this blog will be in full swing.
1) Buy a backpack (wasn't a real fan of my old 70L pack, it was too bulky so I had to sell it off)
2) Pass the exam (should really be priority #1)
3) Start booking hostels...and trains...and buses...the excitement begins
Below: a still from the movie, must watch if you haven't already!