Sunday, March 18, 2007 


I am now at the stage of my PhD where it's time for me to start getting the word out about what I've done. It's time to convince people that I've done something novel (and that I've done it correctly) and this would be of interest to them. Oh, and also if they happen to be interested in hiring me that would be even better.

Somehow I've gotten roped into a bunch of dates at which I'm giving presentations (about 20 to 30 minutes each). Here are my tour dates:

14 Feb- University of Hertfordshire, UK
7 Mar- Pharmaceutical Science Division, King's College, London, UK
24 Mar- Society of Cosmetic Chemists, Wollongong, Australia
26 Apr- [a pharmaceutical company I can't name], Guilford, UK
6 Jul- Postgraduate Symposium, King's College, London, UK

I know, it makes me dizzy to think about it. I'm thinking of getting t-shirts made with this printed on that back, like bands do. Luckily I feel pretty comfortable speaking in public so it's not really a big deal. The last two will probably be the poorest of the bunch, as one is the day after I return from a week in Amsterdam, and the other the day after my 30th birthday; so neither time I think my synapses will be firing all that quickly.

So I'm off to Australia now! That's Wollongong for the conference, then a week in Sydney and a week in Melbourne, bookmarked by two long layovers in Singapore. I'm so excited I can barely sit still! (Which is only going to make the 22 hour flight that much longer....)

So I won't be blogging for about a month, try not to miss me too much!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 


People are starting to rag on me about how much I travel. Friends and family want to know how I afford it and don't I have "homework" I should be doing? British friends are starting to feel that I've upped them, having been to more places in a few years than they've ever been. I can't help it! I'm sorry! I'm only here a limited time, and since it's much cheaper than you think (really!) I feel I must partake. I know it's bad, in fact I'm starting lap Europe, going back to where I've been before. And it was even more gorgeous the second time:

Stained glass at St. Chappelle

Chopin's grave at Père Lachaise Cemetery

Basilica of the Sacré Cœur in Montmartre in outstanding weather

Arc de Triomphe at dusk


Eiffel Tower of course!

So sue me!

Sunday, March 04, 2007 


I spent all Saturday afternoon stomping around the Primrose Hill neighborhood since finally, for what seems like the first time in months, the sun has come out. I wanted to check out a place I'd never seen before, which I most certainly did. I've never in my life seen a place where people just park their Rolls Royces and Ferraris out on the street.

I've had a debate a few times about where the best view of London is (from the ground only, no sky scrapers or London Eye can be included). Usual suspects are Primrose Hill and Hampstead Heath. Now having seen both of these, I think they pale in comparison to Greenwich Park. Here, you decide:

Primrose Hill, Regent Park:

Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath:

Greenwich Park:

The Greenwich view is actually difficult to catch on film, it's more of an overwhelming panoramic vista of awesomeness. I think what puts it over the top for me is the sight of the river. If the Thames weren't here, London wouldn't be here, so what's the point of trying to see all of London at once without seeing the river?

I absolutely love views, so if you have any hidden gems please let me know!

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