Monday, April 15, 2013


Yesterday was a bit of a turd sandwich.  I left the house at 7 am to fly out towards Oregon for my zoo rotation.  We reached San Francisco by 10, only to find out that our connecting flight to Medford Oregon had been cancelled with no explanation.  We eventually get another flight to Oregon, although in a different city (North Bend?), that was supposed to leave San Francisco at 5.  Then it got delayed.  First 5:30, then 6, then 6:15.  I think the plane finally pulled up, and we were able to board the plane around 6:30.  Land in Oregon just before 8, just to find out that wheee! United lost our luggage! My classmate's luggage never left San Francisco, but mine managed to fly to Medford and back to San Francisco on a separate flight.  Hopefully, it will be at our hotel when we get back there.  It took us about an hour or so to deal with the United employees to get everything set in motion to get our luggage back (the two nicest customer service employes I have ever met, by the way), then we were on the road to our hotel.  For almost 2 hours.  After almost 15 hours of travel time, we were finally to our hotel room by midnight.  Aargh.  And we had to show up to our rotation wearing the clothes we had travelled in the day before, because none of us thought to throw in a change of clothes into our carryon.

But you know what?  It's all worth it.  Because now we're in Oregon, where it is gorgeous and everything's green.  It's alternated between sunny, rainy and hailing, which has been beautiful.  And the Wildlife Safari is amazing, the vets here are amazing, and I think my prediction that this is going to be the best rotation of the year is going to be true.  Today was filled with bears and elephants and oryx and porcupines, oh, my!  Bliss.   

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