1 Year Anniversary of the #DrReenAbroad blog!

The richest place on earth... As anniversary celebrations for the #DrReenAbroad travel and lifestyle blog launch a year ago wind down, I have been thinking back to the macabre but poignant thought that started me on this journey: 'The richest place on earth is the cemetary. For in it lies all the lost geniuses, scientists,…

28 years: 28 Life Lessons

I blinked. Suddenly my 20's revved into overdrive and I'm sitting here now, 28 years young. I can feel youth’s grip loosening but, surprisingly, that doesn’t worry me because in it’s place is a quiet maturity and time is the curator. Here’s to looking back at the lessons I've learnt in my 28 years of trying to find a foothold in this world! xOx #DrReenAbroad

The Skin I’m In.

October. The month designated to packaging thousands of years of Black history and culture into a palatable melting pot of 'facts' supposedly beginning with colonialism and ending with Harriet Tubman freeing slaves. And yet, despite being a month that should encourage honest conversations about how far we've come and how far we still are from truly embracing Equality and Diversity, Trump-mania is on the rise, #IAmMogadishu is not a thing and last week a stranger matter of factly stated that being Pro-Black is the same as being anti-White. No. It is not. Because when my little sister held her arm up to compare her gorgeous mahogany skin aside my lighter complexion and questioned her afro puffs, the familiar gnaw of watching a young Black girl grow up in a society that places limitations on her beauty and Blackness resurfaced. And so in response her current and future self... an ode to the Skin I'm In.

A New Year On The River – Part Two

The excited squealing as we opened the door to our executive junior suite must have reverberated through the neighbouring walls! The suite was glorious. I could not stop looking around at the gold and rich brown tones in the fixtures and furniture which lent the room a modern but elegant feel. And having spied the…

A New Year On The River – Part One 

Church services. Deafening fireworks. Gorgeous sparklers waved that bit too close to ones face for comfort. Ending the countdown in a massive group hug with the closest warm bodies (human or animal) to you. I love the climatic element in the run up to New Year's Day. The air is almost heavy-ladened with feverish anticipation;…

The 20 Things Medical School Taught Me

Medical School is an experience unparalled with no other. Having made it through to the other side, I can now look back without PTSD fondly on those 6 crazy years of my life and offer 20 anecdotal (but painfully true) steep learning curves I encountered during my training as a medical student. And so, in no…