October 12, 2014 § Leave a comment
Today marks a week of getting up at 6 a.m. every day – even on the weekend – and going to bed before 22:00. The original plan was to stop studying by 22:00, but we started heading to bed by 21:00 and then spending that time reading. Feels a little “dorky” (for lack of a better word) to go to bed so early, but honestly, it’s amazing. After such long days, it’s not like I am really able to get a lot out of those few hours in the middle of the night. I can push myself, yes, but I don’t think I’m really as effective as I think I am.
Yesterday morning was tough. Normally I let myself sleep as long as possible on Saturdays. With such a heavy schedule during the week, that has meant sleeping until 9:00 or even 10:00. By 11:00 yesterday, however, I had already been up for 5 hours. I’d had an easy start with some coffee and an episode of Modern Family, done a load of laundry, studied EKG interpretation for 2.5 hours and crammed in a back and bis workout at the gym. All that in the time that I would have usually just had a cup of coffee. Waking up early also means going to bed early – and sometimes really early. Last night, I was in bed at 20:30 and asleep by 21:00! Skjalg went to grab a glass of wine at Di Vino with Suvi and Mads. I had originally planned on joining, but was completely exhausted by 20:00 – so bed it was!
After yesterday’s workout and an hour of relaxing at home, we met up with Suvi and Synnøve to study at the Parliament library. I’ve never been there before, but have always wanted to try it. Some of the libraries here make you feel like you are at Hogwarts – and this is one of them! Getting in was an experience of it’s own. We had to present our passports to a guard, who radioed in our details to check that we were allowed access. He gave us instructions on how to reach the library and we began our little quest through the outdoor corridors. At the front door to the library, another guard was leaning against the large wooden door frame. The Budapest marathon was going on and part of the race was passing parallel to us on the street level. When I looked back to the library entrance, the guard was gone. Once inside, we had to do a run-of-the-mill airport security check-in, without the shoe removal part. We were then given special electronic passes and directed through yet another set of large wooden doors to the reception desk. Since we are only using the library to study, we are allowed to use it for free. The interior is absolutely stunning!
This week we have our first microbiology midterm on Thursday and Hungarian midterm on Friday. We have two Fridays this week. Yes, two Fridays. We have Thursday and Friday off the following week due to a holiday and in Hungary, they turn a Saturday into a Friday when this happens to make up for the lost time…
Ok, now it’s time to study! Been wasting away too much of the morning on protein pancakes, Godfather III and blogging.
Suvi also has a blog! Check it out: Borta bra men hemma Budapest. For those who can read Finnish or trust goggle translate 😉