Travelling is one of life’s little pleasures and I love nothing more than jumping on a plane and heading to a new destination. I love learning about new cultures, trying new languages, sampling different foods and wines, and having the sun shining down on you while you feel the sand between your toes. It is sheer bliss.
I was fortunate enough to travel to Thailand, Bangkok and Beijing this past month for my vacation. Thailand, with its sandy beaches and green mountains surrounding you, is a little piece of heaven. It is exactly like the book The Beach by Alex Garland. The only thing he forgot to mention was that it is HOT, like sitting in an oven hot. Bangkok has high rises with some exceptional bars that give you a full 360 view of the city and at night time it is like an illumination of lights. The city is bustling and the driving is crazy, even more so than Calgary. Beijing, with the Great Wall of China only a mere 2 hour drive away, offers some of the most interesting history. The wall alone is surrounded with stories of how it became what it is and that’s an experience within its self.
While I was there, we did drive through the rural parts of the country were the locals live and I noticed a lot of dental practices. In my past years as a dental nurse, there has always been that question on whether or not you should venture abroad to have work done. I can see why people travel abroad for treatment, as it is a whole load cheaper sometimes. In the long run though, it turns out being more expensive when it fails. I have been in the business a long time and I have seen some sights: implants facing forwards, veneers crumbling, bridges holding on for dear life and crowns facing the wrong way all from patients that dared to venture abroad. But my advice, if you are thinking of going abroad for treatment, is to do research, research, and then research some more. Just because it’s cheaper doesn’t mean it is better. Be-careful who you choose to do your work and always feel comfortable with them. If your sixth sense is saying it’s not right, then it’s not right!
I always love a good travel story and I’m yet to be converted to favouring going abroad for treatment. So, if you have a story that could change my mind I would love to hear it!
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