Sunday, June 22, 2008

Ready to go (again).....?

In short, no. I leave Sunday 29th, back to Punta Arenas and back to the Antarctic, the last cruise in a series of three, and probably the most interesting science wise (not many samples collected in the austral winter, so it'll be really interesting to see what those corals get up to under the ice). 

But, yet again, I feel like I just got back. I've felt a bit more settled this time around too - i've managed to do some work in my lab and in my office which has been great, i've reorganised my shoebox so that most things are now out of boxes and i've got out and done a little recreation (hiking, swimming, kayaking). It's starting to feel like home here now (finally). So it's a shame to be running away again so soon, as much as i'm looking forward to seeing Stian and to the cruise itself. 

It's not like I can look forward to a more restful time when I get back either, I have work trips to Italy (Aug), Canada (sept) and New Zealand (dec) to figure out, as well as the usual work things and i'm starting to feel the pressure of not being here so much - if this is really somewhere I want to stay, I  need to show my face at things like department meetings and just generally around the building, there are still many people I haven't met and I don't feel I really 'know' many people yet. 

4 comments:

bsa said...

Oh my! Italy? New Zealand? I had no idea. When do you go? Where are you going? We LOVE Italy--where are you going? The time is just flying by and it is hard to realize that you are now on your way to PA again...

RGW said...

Going to Bologna to pick up some samples, not sure exactly when, still need to figure that out!

I can hardly believe I am going again either, though at least pretty much everything I 'need' is there, so if I forger things, it's not too much of an issue.

nea said...

i am so envious!

bsa said...

Are you sure you really want to go? Don't you think that some should go who speaks some Italian? A sacrifice perhaps, but C and I could offer to go for you...Just a thought...