Author: Sarah Specker

Portuguese Perfection

Neanderthals, Celts, Visigoths, Romans, Moors, and the Spanish army all hold 1 thing in common: after arriving in Portugal, they all had no desire to leave. The Portuguese themselves, being exceptionally skilled seafaring folk, still joined in the race for colonial expansion, hoping to transform the small kingdom into an imperial power. Centuries later they realized that all you could ever wish for was right in their backyard.  The modern day (European) surfer will most likely acknowledge this: with 830 kilometers of coastline, a large variety of beach- and reef breaks a famous big wave spot (Nazare) and host to...

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Medical Internship & Surfing South Africa

They say that Africa, like the Phil Collins song, has the invisible touch: it affects all your senses, gets under your skin and leaves you a changed (wo-)man. Whether it’s the red dirt, the endless horizon, the wildlife that still roams free on land or in the sea, the fantastic waves or the primitive tribes, nowhere will you be touched more by all this than in the furthest South corner of the continent. In the last year of my internships before graduating as a doctor, I was given the opportunity to work in a public hospital in Cape Town, one...

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13th of August 2017 05:32 PM