Week 11 was very busy attending seminars and writing.

Usually, allocating seminars and my teaching job are put in my schedule first, and I put my work into a space between them. 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 also had great opportunities to meet people!

  • met 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 seminar, and luckily I was invited to dinner with them. They have researched disability studies. I am going to see one of the researchers next week again.
  • On Friday (St Patrick’s Day), Luca and I went to a 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 and friendly!