My research workload was really small in Week 51. I spent most of the time contacting research participants, shopping for Christmas stuff and cleaning the kitchen, dining space and bathroom.
On Tuesday, my main supervisor invited me to lunch. It was a pleasure to have a nice farewell lunch with her before my departure for fieldwork. In our regular supervision meetings, we only talk about research, and I didn’t know anything about her private life. She is very caring and professional. It was pleasant to talk about some of our private matters and her PhD experiences over panini and coffee!
On Wednesday, my friend John also asked me to a farewell lunch. He specialises in Economics but is so keen on language learning and teaching. We always have lots of topics to discuss, and it is also amusing that he uses many linguistics terms in our conversation. We both have experience of living abroad for a decent period, and we always agree about how local people tend not to change their language use (vocabulary and expressions) towards people from other countries or cultures. They (we) sometimes just forget to use a simple expression that cannot be misunderstood and that can work in intercultural communication.
The main event this week was Luca and I spending our first Christmas together at home in England!
We initially planned to go to Italy or Vienna or London for the Christmas holidays, but none of it materialised due to our job circumstances and the flu. Eventually, we ended up enjoying cooking some traditional British Christmas meals.
On Christmas Eve, we spent the afternoon shopping, cooking a turkey, potatoes and brussels sprouts, and decorating a table with Christmas flowers and crackers. On Christmas Day we had an early dinner at home and went to a cinema to watch Jumanji!
Achievement in Week 51:
This is not my achievement, but Luca finally got a full-time position, working in the public sector. This is the best Christmas present to us! I really hope that he will be able to further develop his career in the field that he has a longing for.
Goals for Week 52:
- Edit Chapter 2
- Update my paper, to send to an online journal
- Get ready to depart for my fieldwork