Winter has definitely arrived!!!
The cold air has settled over the city and we’re all growing accustomed to wearing three sweaters, a scarf or two and gloves when we go out! Despite the cold air, we’ve enjoyed a number of activities over the past few days….thankfully many indoors!
On Monday 6/4 we had morning classes and enjoyed a guest lecture by a Christian physician who is Uruguayan of Armenian descent. Dr. Papatian spoke to us for about an hour about how his faith impacts the practice of medicine in Uruguay and why he chose medicine as a career. He encouraged all of us to think carefully about our motivations for each and every action and about how we will use our education to serve others. He used the example of Paul on the road to Damascus who responded to Jesus with two questions: (1) Who are you Lord? and (2) What would you have me do?
I think that we were all very touched by his kindness and sincerity and by the stories he told of how he made choices early in his life that have affected how he lives and works today. He is an inspiration and we look forward to participating with him and other christian medical professionals and Uruguayan Christians in an outreach to homeless people in need of medical care through a mobile medical outreach called Projecto America.
That evening we gathered in the student loft to watch a very intense movie called “The Official Story”. This movie won an Oscar for best foreign film in 1983. It’s the story of one Argentine family struggling with whether their adopted child was one of the appropriated children of the “disappeared” political prisoners…moving, sobering, disturbing…and an excellent history lesson before we travel to Buenos Aires next weekend.
Tuesday 6/5 started with a trip to the port to get Yellow Fever shots. These immunizations are not absolutely required, but recommended for travelers to Brazil and that’s where we’re headed in just a few days! Class the rest of the day and lots of activity in the Casa kitchen that evening as students cooked dinner and then launched into a Harry Potter marathon….while doing homework….how do they do that?
Wednesday 6/6. Every Wednesday students spend all morning in observation. Nine students headed to Hospital de Clinicas and the four Speech Path students went to Escuela Roosevelt. They’ve had excellent experiences and I will ask them to post comments to this post that describe some of the interesting things they’ve seen and done.
This afternoon we headed to the Uruguayan National Art Museum to see art painted by well known Uruguayan Artists and a display of unusual photographs of a man walking sideways up trees or buildings or sleeping on the ocean floor…all of this provided plenty of opportunity for the Core course students to talk about the sense of “identity” of individuals and community! Wimon Walker does a really good job of teaching his courses with a Latin American flavor and this allows the students to integrate all they’re seeing into what they’re doing in class.
(Famous painting below copyright in public domain…Blanes…painting of victims of a Yellow Fever outbreak in BA)