Small world

Hello September!

I have been travelling a lot lately (…can’t believe my last post was in June!) and am feeling very fortunate for the opportunities I have had to see this great big – yet small – world.


With travelling comes jet-lagged sleep deprivation with new time zones that offer new eye-opening and thought-provoking experiences.

…Grad school does that too.


*If you are interested in the zombie part of this comic, visit the Museum of Human Disease – a fascinating place using a zombie theme while teaching students the science of health and disease (and where I am involved in research on students’ motivation and interest in science education).

Since my last post was June 1st, I thought I would take this opportunity to share a few photos of my experiences over the past few months.

June: Two research conferences during my first trip to Europe!

Finland: Land of the midnight sun and friendly Finns

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Germany: Peaceful conference held in a nunnery on a small island surrounded by the Bavarian Alps

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July: Zombieland and Beyond

Data collection at the Museum of Human Disease: Looking forward to returning there again in a few weeks!

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Domestic travel: First trip to ‘Brizzy’ and seeing the Gold Coast from the plane

International travel: First trip back to Canada since moving to Australia

A warm welcome :)

A wonderful time spent visiting family and friends – complete with a successful dissertation committee meeting at the University of Alberta 🙂

When visiting with my cousin (the ‘Brown Owl’ I posted about earlier this year: see “Pi(e) and Cookies”), I passed on my Brownie badges that my mom recently found 🙂

…but I decided to hang on to just one badge – my goal is to really ‘earn it’ by writing my dissertation by March:


August: Conferencing and Celebrating

Conferencing: First trip to Washington, DC!

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Celebrating: First time being a bridesmaid! Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Allen 🙂

While unpacking from my recent travels, I found the following two souvenirs from my tour of the amazingly beautiful Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Great pieces for me to have on display as I start my September writing schedule with a newly defined dissertation finish line 🙂

Whatever tasks lie ahead for you this month, I wish you all the best!

3 responses

    • Thanks Deanna for the comment and question!
      Number one tip: Have patience.
      Give that nervous-flustered-traveller-in-a-rush who can’t seem to sort out their stuff ‘fast enough’ some space and a smile – and the benefit of the doubt (who knows what kind of day they have already had).
      Be patient with the one who is going through their bags at the last minute in the airport security line or the one who is struggling to get their luggage stowed away so you can get to your airplane seat. They may not have everything organized in little baggies …yes, that would be my tip #2: use ziploc bags for packing small items 🙂 but everyone deserves a bit of grace (particularly people travelling with small children…I don’t know how they do it but I do know they deserve extra space, smiles, and an extra hand picking up items along the way!)
      I agree with your other tips too – like pack snacks and have fun!
      Happy travels!

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