In which we study the area-based culture of my research destination.
The other day: The Prof: “[…] so that’s all good for planning; what do you want to do afterwards?” Me: “Well, I was just going to actually get this PhD first, while keeping an eye out, taking contacts down along the way…” The Prof: *disdained* “Don’t you have an idea as to where you want … More Academented in Beijing – supervisor edition
Four weeks? How?! The first days went by fairly slowly, but I think we have entered the time-flies period. Supposedly because the daily grind is well and truly on, but I carry on trying to maintain the work-hard-play-hard attitude. After all, I’m here, why waste spare time being tired at home when I can be … More Day the Twenty-Ninth – 15th September
I have been back in Hangzhou for nearly 48 hours. I have gained two flatmates, some progress on my project, some progress on my essay, several mosquito bites, offers of outings, and a general upping of stress-levels. But whatever, life goes on, and since I haven’t moved pictures from memory-card to laptop, we will have … More Days Twenty through Twenty-Three – 6-9 September
I’ve decided that this travelling-solo business is quite fun. Certainly gives you a completely different perspective of your destinations than going in a group. Even if you’re working every day. *disclaimer* This next one will have you all going “so childish!” But it gave me a laugh (or a snort really – I was in … More Photo post – 3 September
What is there to say for today…? Well, I basically feel like I live here now. I suppose it’s because I’m actually due somewhere in the mornings, and for actual work… rather than the living room coffee table for parentally supervised summer holiday homework. Like almost every summer spent in China in my childhood. Feeling … More Day the Tenth – 27th August (photos at the end)
One week (almost)! Here’s a mini-catch-up on what I did on day three, since I haven’t had time to tinker with the pod yet: It was my last day settling in, so I went out to hunt for a mobile again, and trialled my route to the office. The route is a walk+bus+walk journey, and … More Day the Seventh – 24th August