There is a greek saying we usually use when we want to get away from everything and everyone.
Tha paro ta vouna.
I will go to the mountains. (*rough translation)
I use this expression quite a lot lately when work comes to a dead end. “I ‘ll go and live in the mountains cause I ‘m fed up with all the crap” I said to my mother once and she could do nothing but laugh with my exaggerating reactions.
Yesterday, when I skyped with her I said in astonishment: “Mum, I really moved to the mountains! I can’t believe it!” and after a small silence we both burst into laughter remembering all those times I used this expression before!
Indeed, I moved to the mountains!
As some of you might know, one fun part of the Intrepid forensics program is that we have the opportunity to go abroad (outside the UK) for a placement. For a maximum period of 3 months each one of us can go either to an institute that was assigned to us at the beginning of our PhD, or to an institute that suits better the research path our PhD has taken.
As for me, I struggled a lot trying to find an institute where I could go for my placement. After some searching and some disappointments that came on the way, I asked for help from Dr. Agapios Agapiou from the University of Cyprus. Agapios was willing to help me short out my placement and got me in touch with Dr. Pawel Mochalski, a senior researcher at the Institute for Breath Research at the University of Innsbruck. After some Skype meetings and a face to face talk with Pawel but also the head of the Institute, Prof. Dr. Chris Mayhew, during the Annual IABR Summit Conference in Zurich last September, I was welcomed to fulfill my placement and work at the Institute with Pawel.
Long story short, after Christmas vacation back home, I packed my things and left, this time for Dornbirn, a small city at the boarders of Austria, Switzerland and Germany, where a branch of the Institute is located.
Before I move here little did I know about this small city, and still I can’t say I know much.
One thing I know for sure though is that I am now at the Alps! So yes! I moved to the mountains, where there is so much snow I ‘ve never seen in my life so far, and where people are obsessed so much with skiing, you can see them ski in between houses just to go down the mountain slope. Where the scenery from my window changes every day as it doesn’t stop snowing and I find this one of the most fascinating things about this place.
I am just at the beginning of the three-month period here so I can’t give an update around my work, but I can surely show some pictures of nothing else but snow!
Until next time
*walking around on a Saturday morning