I like a party, but am not very fond of tea….
I am currently en route to Boston for the ASM/ Microbe conference. I have never been to Boston before, nor have I attended a conference in the USA, so really looking forward to it. Maybe I will come across some characters as described in this post!
I think when you go to a conference as big as this, with lots of parallel sessions and sideshows, you need to have a very clear idea of what you want to focus on before you go. Otherwise it is very easy to suffer information overload.
Therefore my objectives are as follows:
- Improve my knowledge of antibiotic stewardship.
- Find out what future innovations are being planned for the Kiestra TLA
- Become really familiar with the current Rapid PCR platforms and their test profiles.
Anything else is a bonus.
And I certainly hope to see plenty of Boston as well.
So no more blog posts for the next week. Look forward to getting down to some serious writing when I return, hopefully with the batteries recharged, and with lots of new ideas!
I have just been filling in application forms for Parisian schools for the children, in French.
I have been learning French for about 18 months, in preparation for the move to Paris. I know a bit of French now, possibly even enough for a slow speed conversation on something not too complex!
However using it for something functional such as filling in forms is a different matter altogether.
I have enormous respect for laboratory workers (and any other Healthcare Worker for that matter) who have learnt not only to communicate, but to work in their non-native tongue. This must require a lot of determination and hard work.
Working and living using another language will be a real challenge for me and I am inspired by those people I know who have done it already.
p.s. No posts this weekend, off camping!
Only six months to go until the move to Paris.
The reality is now beginning to sink in. New language to learn, accommodation to organise, schools to find for the children, selling our current house, rehoming the cats etc etc.
It will be a highly pressured six months!