So, I had my first day of training yesterday, which went very well. Nothing too exciting to report, except that all of us trainees get along really well. However, afterwards, we had to get our medical exam. It was in this extremely extremely fancy building. Everything was spotless and beautiful in the clinic and they were extremely efficient. They basically just shuffled us around with various clipboards to the different tests. First, we had to do blood pressure, but the machine was way out of wack and everyone had super high blood pressure (including me...it said 146/90 but then they redid it and it was fine). Most of us had our blood pressure taken at least twice, if not three or four times. We then had other tests like vision, hearing, height, weight, blood, urine, dental (where they basically told everyone to brush their teeth better. If you are female, I will explain the horrifying horribleness of the EKG in private email. Seriously, the EKG was horrifying.
After it, a big group of us went to eat lunch and just ate and talked for about 3 hours. Everyone's really nice and we had a good time. The meal was interesting. they cooked the meat on the table and then we ate it with lettuce and whatever else you wanted to put on it. I took pictures so you can understand, which I'll post in the next blog.
Also, today I saw the first squatting toilet, which I immediately avoided. Luckily, we have normal ones in the hotel, except that the seats are heated.