Greetings from the Mediterranean!
Sitges, Spain is incredible. We’ve been here 3 days now and the beauty an culture of this small beach town blows me away. We’re literally right on the Mediterranean sea, the streets are narrow and intertwined. Buildings are white with bright blue shutters (think, Greece) and are nestled into the rolling hills of the landscape. Sidewalks are old cobblestone and the beaches are picturesque.
Since being here, I’ve played in the waves of the Mediterranean sea, sipped sangria (check off one of my 26 before 26!), ran 8 miles along this incredible boardwalk, eaten tapas at 10 o’clock at night (standard dinnertime here!), and had countless nonverbal conversations with locals while trying to find my way.
Oh, and the academic conference (the reason I’m here, haha) has been great! I’ve met so many amazing scientists, learned countless new ionic liquid/separation results, and yesterday I presented my research during the poster session. 40 different countries are represented by the 200+ delegates here and I feel lucky to be one of the <10 scientists from America. Its a privilege and an honor.
Tuesday will be day 3 of the conference and I look forward to hearing my professor give his talk! On Wednesday we wrap up the conference, and then Weez and I head up to Barcelona! 4 days on our own in the city :)
As I sit here typing, I wish I could share this moment with you. I’m sitting on our hotel balcony overlooking the town and water, with the warm breeze brushing the hair out of my face. Truly peaceful.
I can’t wait to share more pictures when we get back, but here is one from our run along the sea yesterday. Bye for now!