In 24 hours, my wife and I will be boarding a plane for Toronto, to start our trip to Copenhagen. I’m incredibly excited and have been looking forward to this since the invitation to go out that way arrived.
Unlike other trips out of Canada that I’ve done, this one is mostly about business. I’m surprisingly excited about being an official conference blogger – that’s an experience that I doubt many people have had an opportunity to try – and I’m all ready to give it a shot. (I’ve even downgraded the kernel on my laptop to 2.6.37 to try to extend the battery life, just to get an edge on computer time between charges – how’s that for nerdiness?) Copenhagenomics is looking to be an awesome conference, and the organizers are doing a great job with the web page, building some of the suspense for me. I’m anticipating a great time – and a lot of “instantaneous blogging”. (It’s one thing to write posts and sit on them for a few hours, and another to post blogs as an event is in progress.)
I’m also not going to pretend I don’t have other reasons to be excited. I’m really looking forward to doing some photography in Denmark. I’ve got my camera all packed up and ready to go, although I’m only bringing my stripped down gear: one body and two lenses. I don’t expect to do a lot of photography during the conference, but we’ll see how it goes. I’m not bringing the outboard flash, tho, so no conference party pictures, in case anyone was worried.
I’m also going to visit CLCbio, which I’ve been looking for an excuse to do for a long time. If you’re not familiar with them, they’re one of the best independent bioinformatics/nextgen companies around, and only a train ride away from copenhagen. I had seriously considered moving FindPeaks to their platform at one point, but in the end, decided it was a project that wouldn’t work towards my thesis – but I’m still excited about the platform and learning more about the company. As you can imagine, I won’t be blogging this part of the trip, but it’s one of the standout highlights we have planned.
Finally, there’s also Copenhagen itself. I’ve never been to Northern Europe, so it should be great fun. Obviously, I don’t speak danish, but it’ll be fun to learn a little while we’re there. I always try to pick up a few native words wherever I travel to somewhere non-English speaking. (My favorite word from our Tahiti trip, by the way, is Moh’oh’poh’pah’ah, which means frog. I don’t get to use that in conversation often enough, so I thought I’d slip that in here.)
Oddly enough, I’m also looking forward to the plane ride itself. Given 5 hours and 8 hours of travel time on the two legs, in which I’m stuck in about 1 m^3 of space, I figure I should be able to work on my paper/thesis without any interruptions. With some luck, I’ll be able to finish off the paper, and maybe toss in a few pages of Chip-Seq discussion into my thesis. Good times.
In any case, this should be a fun and productive trip. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go stuff a few socks into my bag. See you in Copenhagen!