Week 11 was very busy with attending seminars and writing summaries. Usually, allocating seminars and my teaching job are put in my schedule first, and I put my work into a space between them. But I knew that I could not work on my research for more than five hours a day, as it uses up a lot of my concentration. I would like to have a rest between each task, though every minute is so precious when I am rushing to meet a deadline.
I had a good opportunity to meet some PhD students who asked me to go for coffee and with whom I was able to chat on topics apart from research discussions!
A group of Japanese researchers visited my university to present their research. My supervisor invited me to join the event, and luckily I was invited for dinner with them. They have researched disability studies at a well-known institution. They voiced their experiences and showed their creativity for research. I was impressed with their warm attitudes towards others. I am going to see one of the researchers next week again privately.
On Friday (St Patrick’s Day), Luca and I went to a French cafe for dinner. He had mussels and I had salmon. After that, we went to a pub to have Guinness with his work colleagues! They were so nice, polite and friendly. I was just impressed with how nice his colleagues are!