Somewhere, beyond the sea, somewhere waiting for me… was Athens in Georgia. Okay, I did not sail to the US but took the plain from Amsterdam instead. I have been here for a week now and have to say, I like it. It’s warmer than in Sweden but has not yet been too hot. It is green everywhere and the campus of Georgia University feels like a botanical garden providing room for a diversity of birds, squirrels and chipmunks.
Now you might ask: What is a marine microbiologist doing in Athens, several hours away from the coast? That is a good question! This morning I would have answered “calculating stupid numbers back and forth”, I wish I had payed more attention in Grad school… But for real I am enjoying one of the great advantages of Science: Traveling, collaborating across countries and attending courses abroad. For two short weeks I am in the same time zone as my supervisor and can ask for help while looking at the same screen.
I held a presentation about my current project at the university and met many interesting and smart researchers. It is a lot of marine research going on despite the fact that the sea is a bit away and the best thing about the Marine Sciences building is the saltwater aquarium!
I will stay for 6 more days before I continue to Hawaii. More updates later…