Sunday, September 6, 2015

A change of place

As the fourth year has now passed (so fast), I have to say that I've been putting off the writing of this post because I am not sure how to proceed afterwards: As an academic, I always have to worry about funding. In fact, I haven't had a research grant for the past year, and so I finished my doctorate using the funds from a teaching fellowship instead. The new grant application that was supposed to fund the next stage of my research, for a few more years, did not receive approval. However, instead, I was offered a great opportunity to continue my research career at a different university. Unfortunately, that will not be in Boston, but rather in Cambridge -- the original one, over in the United Kingdom. I am sad that I will miss all of the wonderful people and great things happening in Boston for the next few years, outside of the occasional visit home. But on the other hand, it's also an exciting chance to travel, live in a different country, and (oh, by the way) advance my career.

I think there will be a lot of interesting things to see and write about in Cambridge. It's a traditional city that is many centuries older than Boston, with lovely small streets, and good train connections to London. They have their own lively set of transportation and housing issues to observe, in a different cultural context. I'll have to spend some time learning the language, of course. And possibly visiting Boston, UK for the heck of it, not to mention the rest of Europe.

But this blog is supposed to be about Boston, MA. And also, I'm not entirely sure how much time I'll have available to write. I guess I'll just have to see how things play out. I'm not going to turn off or delete the blog, but depending upon how I feel, content might be slow to come out.


  1. It would be interesting to compare and contrast -- what are they doing right that we could be copying, what are they doing wrong? We (me+wife) visited for the first time last year for a friend's wedding, got around London by foot and transit, Cambridge by foot and bike. I didn't think it was entirely a cycling paradise; it was easy to lose the path and oops, some of those roads are narrow.

    And all my skills were slightly reset by the reversed orientation of traffic. If I ever did anything in a hurry, I did it wrong.

    1. Yeah, I might try to do this when I get a chance. I've been tweeting a few things here and there, at least.


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