Started my internship

I’ve now started my intership at Windhoek Central Hospital. Yesterday Luzanne showed me around the departments, and the staff there has been kind and helpful and showed me around today. I’ve tried developing X-ray films in the darkroom, which was a new experience for me. Apart from multiple exposures on the same film, it’s pretty much the same as working with computed radiography. The difference is that one needs to get the exposure parameters correct. No adjusting the image later. There is a digital fluoroscopy lab here as well, and a film printer.

 The department also have a 2 slice helical CT scanner, and I will see that in action tomorrow.  Overall the department seems very well organized. It’s not too different from a Norwegian radiology department, but there is some differences in who does what. Also there is no RIS or PACS, and the pape routines is obviously different from Norway.

I still don’t have internet access at Namas, but is crossing my fingers that it will become available tomorrow. Also I’ve noticed that my blog doesn’t render correctly in Internet Explorer 6. It will however render properly in any other browser I recomend Opera, Firefox, Safari, Konqueror or any other standard compliant browser to view the blog like it’s supposed to be.

Getting to know the city

Windhoek

The first days here in Windhoek has been great. After getting a good night sleep at NAMAS I went out to explore the city. I found Independence street, Zoo park and the Christus Church.

Later in the evening i got a call from Luise, who is a friend of my family. She is a sister at the catholic church. The next day she gave me a big welcome and took me for a guided tour around Windhoek.

Me and Luise

We went to the park around the parliament, just next to the Christus Church I had been to the day before. The park that surronds the parliament building is beautyful.It’s filled with flowers, trees, palms and green grass.

Me and the Christus Church

Theres also many small lizzards here, some with beautiful colors. The are quite shy, but if one moves real slow it’s possible to get fairly closeup picture of them.

lizzard

In the afternoon I decided to take a trip to the Avis Dam. It’s located a little bit east of Windhoek city, and is a popular site for hiking, jogging, dogwalking and fishing.

There is a N$5 entrance fee, and the park has security guards that keeps the place safe. There’s a lot of birds in the park, and if your lucky you can also see small antelopes.

Windhoek

I have safely arrived in Windhoek. I’m staying at the Namas house where dear Panduleni has welcomed me and helps me with anything I have questions about. Today it’s partly clouded, but hot. About 35 degrees. There’s also a another Norwegian former nurse student who came with the same flight as me. She’s here for the 4th time, and has shown me the ways to walk to the city from the NAMAS house. Also I now have a Namibian Tango cell phone pre-paid. My new cell number is: +264 81 365 2169

I’ll try to update this log as often as I can during my stay, and next week I’ll try to upload some pictures.

People here are real friendly and helpful. I see why everybody who has been in Namibia allways want to go back. Looking forward to seeing more of this contry.

Boarding in Johannesburg

The journey begins

Just now I am at Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen. My flight departs in 40 minutes, and I expect to be in Windhoek about 24 hours from now if everything goes according to plan. I really miss Solbjørg, my girlfriend and can`t imagine It will be 3 months before I see her again. For my friends, there is some pictures from New Years eve at Odvar here

New blog

Hello, and welcome to my new blog. I’ve been using joomla for a while, but it really was overkill for my needs. With wordpress I hope I will make better use of my website. Since last post to my joomla site was june 2006 updating my website will be one of my new years resolutins for 2008.