I don’t bother packing and unpacking my suitcase anymore. Finding the cheapest flight can be added to the list of skills I’ve developed during my PhD studies and being confused by the variety of currencies in my wallet almost happens every day.
As you’ve probably gathered, I’ve travelled quiet a lot this month. I’ve even spent almost as many days in a tent as at my apartment in Leicester, but beside some annual leave all this travelling meant that I’ve worked at various locations; Amsterdam, Leicester, trains, buses and airplanes. Guess where I’m writing this blog? ;P
At the beginning of the month I travelled back from Copenhagen (after enjoying the end of May bank holiday weekend). In the first two weeks of June I’ve had two insane travels back and forth to England from Amsterdam; flying in the evening after a day of working at my secondment and flying back the next evening directly after an INTREPID training. And to come back to the question, I’m currently on my fifth flight to a summer school in Croatia (thereby ending up with a fourth currency in my wallet tonight).
With these travels and working circumstances, a question difficult to answer is the question where home is; is it the place where I live and work mainly, the country of my nationality where I’m coincidently doing my secondment at the moment or a bit cheesy ‘the world’ as I’m travelling so often lately? With Brexit in mind, I’m not the only one with this issue at mind but that’s another discussion. For now I’m going for the third option as I enjoy the possibilities and opportunities the INTREPID Forensics programme provides by going to so many places :).
My working conditions thus vary, from cold labs without windows to lovely views through tiny windows high above the clouds. Above you can see an impression of my working conditions in England last month (GC-MS data analysis). Hopefully I can post a photo with completely opposite conditions next month (only keep an eye out for my next blog if you’re resistant to jealousy :P).