The week we drank

Just to be clear, we actually drink every week. Water, obviously, plenty of fresh orange juice, and the occasional beer or bottle of cava. But this week I finally achieved Catalan Drink Bingo, and I had to tell someone! There are many popular tipples to taste while watching the world go by here in Catalonia.Continue reading “The week we drank”

The week of juggling

Undertaking an international postdoc is the goal for many lucky PhD graduates. In fact, it is often seen as the only way to progress your career. Meeting researchers from different countries, learning different methods, getting in touch with the international community and applying your Australian experience to a new area (whether that is geographically orContinue reading “The week of juggling”

The week of supervision

Supervision is one of the most important aspect of a PhD. How you make it through the woods of the doctoral canditure depends so much on the company you keep along the way. Ideally, a supervisor should hold your hand at first, providing you sustanance (in the form of papers to read and suggestions) andContinue reading “The week of supervision”

The week my parents were here

Yesterday we waved goodbye to our second set of Aussie visitors, my dear parentals. It’s a bit strange when you grow up, and you are supposed to be an adult, and you realise that your Mum and Dad don’t know everything, like how to order a coffee in Spanish, or the direction of the trainContinue reading “The week my parents were here”

The week we were hop ons

After five months here, it feels as though we are finally finding our feet. My job is starting to feel like mine, not something that I am pretending to do until someone catches me out (classic imposter syndrome). Our apartment seems more like home that is has before. And we are even making friends! InContinue reading “The week we were hop ons”

The week of La Diada de Sant Jordi

For most of this week I have felt like Harry Potter, in the last movie when he is asked about the Tale of the Three Brothers. “You know, the tale of Sant Jordi?”, people say expectedly. “Ummm…” The tale, told to me several times in the past week, goes that once upon a time, aContinue reading “The week of La Diada de Sant Jordi”

The week of our first journal club

With apologies to Tyler Durden… The research group at C3 is a small but dedicated bunch. There are only 15 of us, working in a range of fields from climate model downscaling to data homogenisation, from temperature extremes to model downscaling. The majority are women (including our director), and we are a mixture of localContinue reading “The week of our first journal club”

The week of the three towers

How good is spring?! The days are lengthening, the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming. Tortosa feels alive, like a new town. After a two winters in a row, we are really appreciating all of this, and the promise of warmer days ahead. Yesterday we got out and enjoyed the sunshine by ridingContinue reading “The week of the three towers”

The week I figured out the wattles

We’ve just returned from a frolic around Malta, Sicily and Rome, catching up with some dear friends, learning more about the amazing history of the Mediterranean, and eating our body weight in pizza/pasta/chocolate-filled croissants. There were so many things to do and see and smell, but one particular feature kept catching my eye… The wattles!Continue reading “The week I figured out the wattles”

The week of my first lecture

This week I filled in for a professor and gave my first ever lecture as a professional scientist to undergraduate students. Two hours of talking at second-year geography students about the climate of Australia. I now officially feel like an academic! Although I get nervous (who doesn’t), I usually like giving public presentations. After some training inContinue reading “The week of my first lecture”