Last week was an emotional one and I didn’t feel it appropriate or important to share that I had big travel plans coming up. That, and leading up to Boston, all I wanted to focus on was the race.
Months ago, long before booking my flight to Boston, I knew I had another traveling adventure on my plate: Portugal and Ireland!
I’m in my final year of graduate school and my advisor encouraged me to present my research at an academic conference (like the ones I participated in that brought me to Spain in 2011 and Singapore in 2012). I wrote up an abstract, applied, and was accepted (hooray!) to present my work on ionic liquid-based block copolymer membranes for carbon dioxide separations.
The conference is in Faro, Portugal! I really enjoy presenting research (and learning from others’ research!) and conferences are such a fun place to do just that. It’s only Day 1, but I’ve already learned a good deal and really enjoy the content being showcased.
Not to mention, it’s totally gorgeous here. I’m blown away. I’m currently writing this on my balcony overlooking a marina outlined by palm trees, what appear to be multimillion dollar yachts (e.g., this one has a hot tub on the top of its 3rd floor), the Atlantic Ocean, and the rolling hills of southern Portugal.
I went for a run this AM (first one since Boston) and took a few pictures with my phone. I wanted to share them with you guys. Here ya go! More to come later!