Weekends

Week 55: Canadian Invasion

Being around Canadians a lot in Cambridge means I get invited to several Canadian cultural events. Monday was no different; some of the Canadians in Jesus college were hosting a Canadian Thanksgiving Potluck. Apparently Canadian Thanksgiving differs from American Thanksgiving in both date and history. Both still have turkey though. In response to the overwhelming… Continue reading Week 55: Canadian Invasion

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Week 54: Real Tennis Doubles, Dominica Appeal and Orientation Recovery

The first full week back from Orientation still found me exhausted. I tried as much as I could to get back into a routine, but I found it difficult and ended up oversleeping or napping more than I would have liked. I managed to make my way back into the department for a little bit… Continue reading Week 54: Real Tennis Doubles, Dominica Appeal and Orientation Recovery

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2016-17: Year in Review

The conclusion of the Orientation trip to the Lake District brings with it a moment for reflection and contemplation. For one, it is the culmination of months of work on a massive project which now leaves space to focus on new tasks. For another, it marks twelve months since I moved to Cambridge from Australia,… Continue reading 2016-17: Year in Review

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Orientation Day 4: Returning to Cambridge

For the final time of the trip, my alarm rang rudely early and I forced myself to get out of bed and through the shower. I had had very little sleep from the previous night, but there were still things that needed to be done. I made my way downstairs to find Emma, my fellow… Continue reading Orientation Day 4: Returning to Cambridge

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Orientation Day 3: Mountain Biking and Ceilidh

Despite being up quite late the previous night, it was my duty as co-director to, without too much sleep, get up early and ensure that everything was flowing smoothly. I was up before seven, ready to get breakfast and go. There were two optional activities in the morning: Michelle had insisted she lead a zumba… Continue reading Orientation Day 3: Mountain Biking and Ceilidh

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Orientation Day 2: Gorge Scrambling and Kayaking

Despite a late night the previous night where I had been first into bed, the second day began as the first out of bed to help manage the morning chaos. When I got up, Pedro was managing a few people in some morning yoga, a few people had gone off for a morning run, and… Continue reading Orientation Day 2: Gorge Scrambling and Kayaking

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Orientation Day 1: Travel to Ambleside and LfP Workshops

Despite a late night at the Old Meets New Pub Night, it was to be an early start for the first day of the Orientation Trip to Ambleside in the Lake District. I was up at around six o’clock, and Emma and Jacqueline were not too far behind. I had a quick shower, grabbed some… Continue reading Orientation Day 1: Travel to Ambleside and LfP Workshops

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Week 52: Pre-Orientation Preparations

For much of the week, everything was focused on the upcoming Orientation weekend. For pretty much the entire week, I was constantly answering emails, text messages and Facebook messages, all to do with Orientation. Emma, my fellow co-director, was much the same; she was going through a similarly stressful experience, but managing to put together… Continue reading Week 52: Pre-Orientation Preparations

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Week 51: Orientation Approaches

It was a week where the Orientation planning really started to build up. I was working for a fair chunk of the week to get the activity allocation algorithm working properly, and by the week’s end, everything was flowing relatively quickly and smoothly. The hiccups arose on Monday, when the hinge of my laptop screen… Continue reading Week 51: Orientation Approaches

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Denmark · Travel

Denmark Trip Day 7: Legoland Billund

My conference had now ended, so it was time for a bit of relaxing post-conference travel in Denmark. Jacqueline would be joining me for the remainder of the weekend. I had given her the option of either heading to Copenhagen or Billund, the latter being the home of Legoland, and she made no hesitation in… Continue reading Denmark Trip Day 7: Legoland Billund

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Conferences · Denmark · Travel

Denmark Trip Days 2-6: DAνCo Conference

Over the five weekdays during my time in Denmark, I was attending the Dark Matter, Neutrinos and their Connections (DAνCo) conference. It was being hosted at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. The University was about a 25 minute walk from the AirBnB that I was staying at, so my morning routine consisted of… Continue reading Denmark Trip Days 2-6: DAνCo Conference

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Conferences · Denmark · Travel

Denmark Trip Day 1: Copenhagen

My plane flew in to Copenhagen late on Saturday evening. Arriving on time, I went through the requisite Schengen border check and found my way out to the Copenhagen Airport railway station. Somewhat obscurely, the next stop of the trains in the other direction was across the bridges to Sweden, but instead, I headed for… Continue reading Denmark Trip Day 1: Copenhagen

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Sport · Travel

Week 48: Bouncing and Skating at Alexandra Palace

I spent most of the week flitting between the GSCR, Real Tennis and our new house. I managed to arrange for the internet to be connected to our house, but it wouldn’t be installed properly until early September. Mostly, I was working on matters relating to Orientation. The new scholars would be arriving in less… Continue reading Week 48: Bouncing and Skating at Alexandra Palace

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Music · Travel

Week 47: Moving House and the Royal Botanic Gardens

Jacqueline and I started the week in London, having been at the Proms over the weekend. We had to spend a little bit of time cleaning up the apartment and making it ready for its regular inhabitants again. From there, we rode back towards Liverpool Street, stopping at Embankment on the way for some German… Continue reading Week 47: Moving House and the Royal Botanic Gardens

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Music · Travel

Week 46: BBC Proms Weekend 5

We arrived back from our Scotland adventure very late on Tuesday evening, and headed straight out to our respective beds. Exhausted and weary from the travel, I slept soundly and smoothly. On Wednesday, I rode out to Parker’s Piece to meet Jacqueline again. She had a visitor from Canada, a former student who was in… Continue reading Week 46: BBC Proms Weekend 5

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