Unfortunately, they run it during winter.. so first off, it was bloody freezing. Probably my first time experiencing temperatures below 5 degrees. This year was the first time it's open to health professionals too, so I was one of only two rads, along with a handful of OTs and dentists - naturally, we bonded straight off.
After a long bus ride, we reached Orange during dinner, and headed straight to the hotel-cum-pub-cum-steakhouse. I've never had pub food before, so when my chicken pot pie came out, I was a bit confused.
"WTH? Pastry over a huge bowl? Isn't it supposed to be a pie?"
LOL. But as I cracked into the pastry top and revealed the lovely, silky hot chicken and peas gravy inside, I had only one though - OMG it's delicious! So simple but so full of flavour! To this day I do not know if starvation remained a factor that clouded my judgement, but the memory of the meal still lingers on today =P
Afterwards, we went out for a look at Orange town, but because it was dark and freezing, we ended up in Coles buying ice-cream for dessert (hahaa!)
The next day we visited Orange Hospital, toured our respective departments (which btw I was very surprised to see that the rural hospitals had better equipment than city ones, at least imaging wise.) And then it was onto the bus again to Dubbo for the same deal.
The weirdest part of the trip was the stopover at an Angora Farm. I didn't get what one has to do with the other, but it was pretty fun actually. The llamas and bunnies they keep for their furs are so adorable! I actually felt so bad for the poor bunny who got sheared as a demo for us city kids - I mean, it was winter and you're shearing it now?!
Okay, why did I visit such a "woop woop" place? Well, it was a chance for me to skip two days of clinicals, and because my university paid for everything =D To encourage new graduates to consider working in rural areas, our university runs an annual Orange & Dubbo Discovery Bus Tour!