Author: Sarah Specker

JUNGLE BOOK – Welcome to Sri Lanka!

Swinging from giant trees, sleeping with wild wolves, talking to animals and living in the jungle: who did NOT want to be Mowgli when growing up?  As you grow older, it becomes painfully clear this paradise only exists in childhood fantasies, not in our current everyday world. Or does it?  The first time I paddled out at an unknown surf spot in Sri Lanka, I was greeted by two sea turtles that were frolicking around in the surf, surrounded by an abundance of colourful fish foraging on the reef.  Afterwards, walking back along a palm-fringed road, I watched monkeys...

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SWIMMERS EAR – DIY solutions while travelling abroad

Whilst suffering from another ‘regular’ surf injury, this time a few broken ribs due to a very unpredictable gnarly shore break, it seems like the perfect moment to assess this particular topic. As a traveling doctor and water lover I have, inevitably, encountered or personally suffered from some (sometimes serious) medical incidents: usually, these happen in, well, not the best of places, often worsened by bad logistics and lack of medical supplies. By sharing some of my knowledge and experience I’m hoping I’ll spare you – or at least lessen – some unnecessary suffering of common ailments or injuries,...

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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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