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(Originally posted on: 07-30-07 03:57:03 AM)
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Me and my awesomeness are going to the States next month!!
It seems to be that I've been accepted at two medical schools for visiting electice clinical rotations.
The only pending issue is visa, I hope it won't be denied.



As you may know, Im a senior medstudent who lives in Medellin. I have to be in Norfolk VA on Aug 27 - Sep 21, then move to Houston and be there on Sep 24 - Nov 19. I have never been in the States before, so I need your advice gringos on the following topics:

-Transportation:
There are comfortable Medellin-Norfolk-Houston-Medellin plane tickets, but if I get a Medelin-Mami-Medellin plane ticket and then everything else by bus I save like 400 bucks. It's a fucking huge bus trip.

-Housing:
I only need this for Norfolk, where there appear to be options in the school site ranging from 340 to 700$.

-Living and transportation:
Hamburgers and bus.
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Reply 1 of 57 (Originally posted on: 07-30-07 04:22:59 AM)
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Unless you're really tight on money, I'd do the all planes option. Doing the bus sucks mega balls, and think about how much you value those days that you'd lose on the bus trips.

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Reply 2 of 57 (Originally posted on: 07-30-07 05:16:01 AM)
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I've been to Norfolk to visit relatives that were stationed there. Not much to say about it other than it's on the water and there's a lot of military stationed there.

Mapquest says that without stops, it takes 14 hours to get from Miami to Norfolk, 21 hours to get from Norfolk to Houston, and 17 hours to get from Houston to Miami. Another transportation option is Amtrak, but their site says it's a 24 hour trip to get from Miami to Norfolk, almost twice as long as mapquest. I imagine you wouldn't be saving much time over what a bus trip, and you wouldn't be saving much money over what a plane ticket would cost. But it's still worth checking into.

$340-$700/mo sounds reasonable for housing. If you can just sublet a room, you might be able to do it even cheaper. Many people are seeking roommates online now with sites like craigslist. There's a Virginia Tech off campus housing website specific to this area, your school might have one too.

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Reply 3 of 57 (Originally posted on: 07-30-07 09:14:40 AM)
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Quoted from Socrateius:

Have fun as a Hispanic the south!


have you ever even been to houston?
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Reply 4 of 57 (Originally posted on: 07-30-07 09:37:10 AM)
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Come to Miami! I won't be here, but you should come anyway!

I'm sure you won't have a problem getting a VISA because you are going to be contributing to society and not mooching off of it. i'm a serial-killer :) Also, congrats!

jimmy, he probably meant Virginia.
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Reply 5 of 57 (Originally posted on: 07-30-07 01:13:07 PM)
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Yeah, Virginia sure is in the south.
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Reply 6 of 57 (Originally posted on: 07-30-07 02:29:33 PM)
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Yeah, Virginia sure is in the south.

Richmond was the capital of the conferacy. Nothern Virginia isn't too redneck, but there's plenty of southern pride in other areas I've visited. Not so sure about Virginia Beach and Norfolk though.
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Reply 7 of 57 (Originally posted on: 07-30-07 02:44:53 PM)
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Maybe I should've said "Look at a map." I was joking.
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Reply 8 of 57 (Originally posted on: 07-31-07 08:40:07 AM)
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I have to agree with Not using the Bus. I've travelled extensively and would never use a bus again. I'd rather hitch hike. Stay safe and have a good time. Welcome to the land of consumerism.
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Reply 9 of 57 (Originally posted on: 07-31-07 11:31:48 AM)
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Quoted from Trof:
Me and my awesomeness are going to the States next month!!
It seems to be that I've been accepted at two medical schools for visiting electice clinical rotations.

Yay Trof! I'm so glad you were accepted!
Quoted from etymxris:
Another transportation option is Amtrak, but their site says it's a 24 hour trip to get from Miami to Norfolk, almost twice as long as mapquest. I imagine you wouldn't be saving much time over what a bus trip, and you wouldn't be saving much money over what a plane ticket would cost. But it's still worth checking into.

The biggest problem with Amtrak is that it always, ALWAYS runs late. I took the train a lot my freshman year and one ride I didn't get to my stop until almost midnight, about four hours after the arrival was scheduled. I imagine on a trip from Miami to Norfolk it would be even worse.
Taking the bus locally isn't so bad, and from what I remember Norfolk has an okay public bus system. I've never been to Houston but I'm sure it has a bus system, if not a metro system. I'd never take an interstate bus system like Greyhound, it's no fun and takes forever.
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Reply 10 of 57 (Originally posted on: 07-31-07 01:34:17 PM)
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Take the plane. An extra 400 dollars isn't much when considering the time wasted otherwise.
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Reply 11 of 57 (Originally posted on: 07-31-07 01:55:23 PM)
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Go for the plane, definitely. Okay, $400 is a lot when you think about it, but it's not that much.

Oh, and congrats!
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Reply 12 of 57 (Originally posted on: 08-01-07 03:18:30 PM)
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I got the acceptance letter, then im going to do ICU at EVMS, and Pediatric neurology and surgical emergency room at BCM.

Now I'm not that thinght onmoney, so I'm taking the multy city ticket.
The only thing now is visa, I need to prove that Im not going to illegally immigrate.

Hey, introduce me to cool Hampton Roads people.

And thank you Jesse, for your help with that transcript.
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Reply 13 of 57 (Originally posted on: 08-01-07 07:31:41 PM)
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I'd say pediatric neurologists are near the top of the list of those allowed to immigrate to the US. Denying your visa would be a miscarriage of justice, but somehow I would not be surprised by it.
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Reply 14 of 57 (Originally posted on: 08-01-07 09:51:23 PM)
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I'm going to be visiting a doctor in Norfolk sometime this month to get a second opinion about an upcoming surgery.

Norfolk is one of those places that's all commerce, no culture. The only good part of virginia is northern virginia.
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I can pretty much imagine you undergoing anesthesia and then Trof walks in all scrubbed up and waving at you, "Hey, Lord Devon. Guess who!"
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Are you meeting Ian Thompson in Houston?
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Reply 18 of 57 (Originally posted on: 08-07-07 02:02:07 AM)
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TROF! Do you speak English yet?
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Reply 19 of 57 (Originally posted on: 08-07-07 08:44:59 AM)
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Well...I guess so
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Reply 20 of 57 (Originally posted on: 08-19-07 06:35:58 AM)
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Hey motherfuckers, MY VISA WAS APPROVED!!!!
IM GOING TO TEH STATEZ!!!
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Reply 21 of 57 (Originally posted on: 08-19-07 06:46:33 AM)
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Visa: it's everywhere you want to be.
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Reply 22 of 57 (Originally posted on: 08-19-07 11:13:36 AM)
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Yay Trof! Party in Norfolk coal
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Reply 23 of 57 (Originally posted on: 08-19-07 12:16:27 PM)
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Reply 24 of 57 (Originally posted on: 08-19-07 02:42:03 PM)
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