When the world kicks you in the head, kick back? I took matters in my own hands. After the most wonderful wake-up call ever, administered by my lovely partner, I pulled myself together and sat in front of my computer. I sent out emails to collaborators and received info from people I contacted yesterday. Remote […]

The wonderful autonomy

Who said there was something great about being wonderfully academic, enjoying academic freedom and being one’s own boss to an extent? In working in teams but being secluded, being totally autonomous, independent and sovereign.. NOTHING! I miss having colleagues to take to lunch, chatter in the hallways, busy schedules and meetings, taking care of business, […]

Everybody hurts

Family life spread between two countries and many adults is not always easy. This was witnessed on my visit to Finland over the past 4 days. Where does one sleep when there is the home of the kiddo & ex, mom, in-laws and all about & over 10 km from my work place in Helsinki, […]

Hercules in Love

What a wonderful ending for the weekend, to go to the opera w/ your man & the rest of the Amsterdam elite.. And what a production! Opera made anew – humor, amazingly staged set as well as high quality performances, at least to my uneducated ear. The starting sushi and recess coffee & cake were a wonderful […]


Who said one should buy a scale and weigh oneself every single morning? What could possibly be the expected outcome?  PANIC! How can one’s weight be 1 kg more than just one week before? It cannot… Or more accurately speaking, it can, because it really DOES matter what one ate the evening before, what one […]