Or maybe that's not how that saying goes. In any case, I'm interrupting the narrative flow of my jealousy-inducing trip to France to prove to you that we do actually do some work now and again here in Europe. I spent the 9-16 of October in Heidelberg for a pair of conferences hosted by the european molecular biology organization (EMBO). One conference was on non-coding RNA and the second was about "New approaches and concepts in microbiology".
Heidelberg has a fabulous castle. Sasha came to visit on the weekend and we played a (very easy) game of find the castle, including the tour of the inside parts. The castle is big and a major focus of any tourist visit to Heidelberg, which in turn is a major stop on most tourist itineraries for Germany. It's a nice city, don't get me wrong, but I'm glad we're in Marburg, which has a similar amount of culture and history and beautiful architecture, but is really just a university town and not a university and tourist town.
I presented a poster, the same at both meetings.
|Don't I look knowledgeable? Nobody was interested in my poster, but I thought it was pretty cool!|
The conference center is cool; the posters go up these helical spirals, sort of representing DNA (but not accurately)
And inexplicably, there were sheep outside the conference center.
|Do they do the lab work after everyone goes home, or are they just fuzzy lawn mowers?|
There, see? Europe isn't just one long vacation, I do work, too!