After completing my IGCSEs in Swaziland I moved to the United Arab Emirates to study medicine. More specifically in the emirate of Ajman, before you start thinking of the lavish lifestyle I lived. I stayed in UAE for a total of 8 years working in various hospitals in Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwaim and Ras al Khaimah. After finally completing a one year non-paid internship(FY1 equivalent), I finally had the ability to do what I always wanted, to come home.
Armed with my medical degree, well not literally as I had decided to skip my graduation ceremony otherwise I would have delayed my return by another 3 months and put my plans on hold. Since I have come back I have spent time in 3 places which I will talk about.
Firstly London, my capital, home to Westminster the government, ridiculous house prices and of-course the Queen. I spent about a month in London undertaking a course to prepare me for the PLAB 1 exam, I wont really talk about the centre or the exam until I have completed the entire GMC registration process. London was intense having only visited there before once many years ago when I still lived here. It has its plus points and its negatives but what place doesn't, undoubtedly in my eyes though it is the greatest major city in the world. That feeling can't be pinned down to a single item but a combination of the architecture, the multicultural-ism or the very feeling of history oozing from each street corner. No matter what you think of the old empire you have to take a pause and appreciate the power that once emanated from just 1 square mile.
Another area I have lived in is Liverpool, to be more specific Kirkby, not sure you can call it Liverpool exactly, but its close enough I guess. I was in Kirkby for just over a month and it was also to attend a course but this time for the PLAB 2 exam. Kirkby was a stark contrast to the glamorous city life and opened my eyes to another aspect of the UK of which I had never been exposed to. It is of predominantly white ethnic background with a measly 0.4 % identifying as Asian ethnicity which did lead to a few stares when walking around town or in the local chippy. Kirkby educated me on how life is in the not so affluent areas of England and the drudgery people endure just to get by day to day. At the same time it gave me great hope, for everywhere I went I was greeted with a smile and was asked on numerous occasions if my short stay was going well, it truly made me feel British.
Lastly but definitely not the least I'll talk about my home town Blackburn. This is a topic I could probably speak non stop on but I'll try to keep it brief. You know that feeling you get deep in your bones, a feeling that really can't be explained but your very existence thrives by it, that's the feeling I have here and what I experience. I doubt there's any other corner in the world that will ever allow me the feeling of happiness the way my beloved Blackburn does. Though the ability to go watch my club Blackburn Rovers at home has a small part to play in that.