Day 4: Holborn, London

So, I experienced Great Britain’s socialist healthcare system today. After 3 nights of glorious sickness, my parents decided that I was gonna visit the clinic, so I did, forgoing a class trip to Greenwich (where the Prime Meridian is and where time began) . But as we had learned earlier in class, British social healthcare had been in shambles for decades and never really recovered since the Margaret Thatcher era. That’s all just a long way of saying that I waited a very long time for a doctor that I never got to see. I spent 2 hours waiting, watching bleeding, crying people file in one by one thinking that their “Accident or Emergency” (that’s what their ER is called) was worse than everyone else’s. So I sat patiently, reading my book because I knew it would take a while, but in the end, I concluded that everyone else’s needs were far greater than mine. I asked the nurse for some simple advice and headed to the local pharmacy to pick up some drugs that could solve my problems. That was pretty much the highlight of my day today.

I did rather enjoy walking around London today though. It was interesting to see a different culture (although they’re not really Asian-friendly, haha). It’s usually gloomy here, but it’s a pleasant kind of gloomy. The food here is horrible, so Daniel and I are living off of a staple of PB&J, homemade pasta, and green tea. I’ll be visiting some flea markets tomorrow, so that should be fun. It might be my first day feeling 100%; I’m excited. Thank you all for the prayers, and be sure to let me know if I can pray for you guys as well! Cherrio!

b.chang

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