I've been thinking about writing a post for a few weeks. It's not the one I intended to write. It has been 3.5 months since I started a PhD at Queen's University, Belfast and everything is about writing. I've been on writing courses, I've submitted pieces to be assessed and learned how to handle positive … Continue reading The Writing Groove
Living to Work, Working to Live... I'm unsure who coined that pithy phrase but it captures, in its own imperfect way, the dilemma many of us feel about the position of work in our lives; lives for which we have high expectations which 'work', most often, defies with its very everydayness. The very suggestion of … Continue reading The Everydayness of Living to Work…
I did disappear a bit. There's an empty seat where once we chatted daily. Sigh. I got to New Zealand and started working hard on the MA thesis which is - after all - why I'm travelling. I posted a few bobbets on FaceBook and kind of tailed off. I've been to Australia in between … Continue reading ‘Scuse me? Where’s the blog/MA at?
While I have the fortune and luxury of travelling around the world, I am absorbed in the world of academia, at least for some of the time! Roughly, my aim is to work 4 days a week and be a tourist for the other 3. To do so, sometimes I work in my hotel room, … Continue reading Libraries & Academia: Providencia, Santiago, Chile
After my attempts to make connections at one of the Buenos Aires universities, I tracked down the lovely National Library of Teachers or Biblioteca Nacional de Maestros in Buenos Aires. With my shoddy Spanish, and a few words from the security guard at the entrance, I was issued with a lock and key for a … Continue reading Academia: National Library of Teachers, Buenos Aires
Don't say I never talk about academia. There, it's been mentioned! I'm going around the world, being transient, while writing about a subject that involves transience and migration and lots of other juicy academic flavours. Later in this trip, I've set up contacts in New Zealand and Australia where I can find a corner of … Continue reading Academia: The Irish Embassy in Argentina