Starting over

I’m back.  Physically, I’m back in Canada, although not yet home.  I’m visiting family while all our possessions make their way back to Vancouver.  In the meantime, I wanted to get back to blogging.  To re-engage in the community and return my life to some sense of normalcy.

On Denmark, I don’t plan to say much.  It was a terrible experience from start to finish, and I’m leaving with less money, stability – and none of the bioinformatics experience I had wanted.  All in all, it was a disaster.  If people want specific details or advice about moving to Denmark, of course I’ll share what I know, but this isn’t the right forum for it.  For the moment, I won’t comment on how things went down at the end, although I’ve heard less than accurate versions in circulation.

On the subject of bioinformatics, I feel a bit out of touch.  I’ll be starting to get back into it shortly.  Obviously, it’ll take some time to ramp up and get back in to the swing of things.  However, I can say that last night was the first time in a year that I had actual free time. So what did I do?  I started to learn Python.  Honestly, I don’t think Java is the right tool for all occasions, and with about a month of downtime, python just feels like it might be the best fit for some of the stuff I’ll be working on in the future.

Anyhow, with any luck, things will start to work their way out.  At least, being back in Canada, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

4 thoughts on “Starting over

  1. Thanks Cath!

    I really hope that I’ll be able to take some positives out of it, but for the moment, it’s pretty hard. The company is playing manipulative games and won’t communicate – and is now withholding my November pay cheque, so this may become something rather ugly. I expect that it’ll be a LONG time before I can see Denmark as anything other than a personal Hell.

  2. I was following your blog and particularly your experiences as a bioinformatician in Denmark. I’m sorry your experience was not good. It is not easy to move to another country. There is always the risk that things will not work out due to the language, the culture, and perhaps the work life. But you should be proud that you took the leap and took the risk and lived to tell about it. I was often surprised how my classmates and colleagues never even dreamed of moving abroad. After getting my PhD , I looked at it not only as a license to do science but also as a passport to the world. Not everyone has the “cojones” to try something like that. Many people consider me not to be much of a risk-taker, but actually looking back, I really am a risk-taker compared to them! They are the ones that never ventured out to try something in another country. So don’t feel too bad about it…

    Lastly, one also develops a new-found appreciation for the immigrants in North America.

    • Thanks! I agree with you, by the way, on all points. Although it didn’t work out (for many reasons, though the ones you listed would have been possible to overcome), I do have a brand new perspective on those people who do have the will to make a new life in a new environment. It wasn’t long ago that my family emigrated to Canada, so I really do respect what they went through.

      At any rate, I’ll definitely treat new immigrants that I meet with a whole new level of respect. I hope others do as well.

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