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Life's a beach

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 01 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:0309339
  1. Christiane Piepelm, fourth year medical student1
  1. 1University of Göttingen, Germany

Not content with speaking just German and English, Christiane Piepel spent time in Lisbon perfecting her Portuguese, her skills in international relations, and her suntan

I decided to go to Lisbon even though I have never been there. I had previously been to Brazil, where I started to learn Portuguese, and I really enjoyed the language. Going abroad would give me the chance to get to know another country, improve my language skills, and experience a different way of studying medicine.

Well so I said. But in truth, I wanted to go south, to be able to go to the beach, and to have a holiday. I was horrified by the thought my life would only consist of school, university, work, and more work.

The day after my last exam in Germany, I boarded the plane and jetted off to Porto, Portugal's second city, where I took part in a language course for one month at the Fernando Pessoa University.

Learning a new language with people from …

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