It is finally official – I’ll be leaving Canada and going to Europe (Denmark) in December – joining the team at CLC bio in just over a month. You’ll have to excuse my holding off on letting everyone know. Of course, things have been in the works for some time yet, but the last few pieces have only clicked into place this week. And, of course, one doesn’t want to jump the gun by announcing these things before everything is in place.
Of course, this doesn’t mean I’ve finished my PhD yet. There are a still a few more hurdles – my thesis has to go through my committee and the external examiner, and I still need to officially defend it – but it was looking like the soonest that could happen would be February, and with everything going on, my wife and I decided it would be better to just start the process of settling in to Denmark as soon as possible.
So, consequently, if you read my blog, you’ll probably hear a little bit more about some topics that are currently on my mind: learning Danish (lære Dansk), traveling, maybe some cultural collisions (Danish people don’t have closets?) and possibly some photography, depending on how busy I am. (Yes, now that I’m not actively writing my thesis for 6-8 hours a day, I seem to have more time.)
But don’t worry – in the next month, I still have a few things I want to blog about, and likely a few papers to review. Even though I’m leaving Grad School, I’m not leaving science behind.
To be candid, I’m looking forward to starting up at CLC partly because of the job, which already sounds pretty awesome, and because of the people. I’ve met some of the people I’ll be working with – albeit briefly – and I’m excited to have the chance to work with them. I can honestly say that they one one of the nicest groups of people I’ve ever met. Must be something in the water. (-;
Anyhow, to complete the circular nature of this post (like all good fugues, which is the way to write a good post, particularly if you’ve read Gödel, Escher Bach, if that’s not getting way to involved) I have one last point to clarify. As foreshadowed lightly by the title of this post, yes, my pets will be coming with me – and undoubtedly my cat will be thrilled to be let out of the bag once we’ve arrived in Denmark… so the moving process will be bookended, effectively, by letting cats (figurative and literal) out of their respective bags.