In an attempt to construct educated legislative propositions regarding LGBT+ healthcare, I’ve been doing a lot of desk research lately. It’s been insightful to rummage through existing Macedonian policy and compare it to USA policy. I’m learning a lot about how other countries operate as well as how much the US leads and influences other countries. The work that I’m doing is also catapulting me into a field I’m considering staying in long term: public policy. I’m realizing that while I enjoy the concept of medicine, I would love to work on the structure of healthcare, too. I’m now strongly considering pursuing an MD/MPP post-grad. I never thought this internship would have such a profound impact on my desired career path.
Last Saturday, Alex (another UMich intern) and I headed to Tirana, Albania for a quick visit. Tirana is up there competing with Sofia for my favorite Balkan excursion 🙂 I adored the random sculptures, electric box art, and all of the sunflower paintings (which are part of an advocacy project for revitalizing a local hospital).
The streets were artistic, the people were lovely, and the entire city was colorful and vibrant. We got an amazing view from Sky Tower, a revolving café.
Clearly, we really do love Tirana.
We spent Sunday in Ohrid, Macedonia, which is Macedonia’s most popular tourist area. It was funny; when we arrived in Ohrid, we were comforted by people speaking Macedonian because it’s what’s familiar to us now even though we can’t understand it! Hearing people say “zdravo” (hello) or “fala” (thanks) made me think, “wow, I love being back home”, which was a humorous realization.
The level of comfort I have here after such a short time period surprises me, and oddly enough, it’ll all end in less than 2 weeks!