My personal and professional adventure into Science

Bye-bye Denmark – Hello Australia

This is my very first blog post, and basically I start by saying bye-bye Denmark instead of saying ‘Hello World’.

In less than 24 hours I will jump on a plane and point my nose in the direction of Australia. Last year I only had one week of vacation, so this will be my “summer” vacation 2012.

Australia

Having a break from work will be great, but then again I can’t help myself from thinking about the projects I have to put on hold while I am away. Fortunately I have amazing colleagues; Simon will make sure one of the big assemblies will keep running and our awesome system administrator, John, will make sure a list of my other assemblies will run one by one. One by one so I am not overloading the system while I am away (I don’t want to be that type of person, you know…), but also so I have something finished when I get back to work. You will hear more about both projects in a later post, they are both really exciting.

The flight to Australia will not be a short one. Shorter was available (in time), if I wanted to pay the money for it, but I would rather spend my money on amazing trips. I can always find a good book to read to kill time. In total it will take 30 hours and 10 minutes to reach Australia… Phewww…
The first flight is tomorrow at 18:30 from Copenhagen-> Düsseldorf -> Abu Dhabi, a stopover in Singapore and then the last flight to Brisbane.The way home will take even longer as that will be a 35 hour and 35 min journey, but with one less flight and more waiting time in airports.

The people who knows me very well can follow my travel on TripIt.com, which btw. is an amazing app for people who travel a lot. You have all your itineraries at one place, and they will even send you text-messages with changes in your flight, boarding calls, gate changes etc. I am paying for the Pro version and I have never regretted it, I can totally recommend it. Try it out, they have a free trial version, and let me know what you think!

The final destination for my journey is not Brisbane, but the city with the lovely name “Gold Coast”. I simply love the names around Gold Coast, there is ‘Surfers Paradise’ and ‘Mermaid Beach’. How lovely is that! I have never tried surfing before, but I am definitely up for the challenge.

Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast, Australia

One of the trips I will go to, is of course, a trip to The Great Barrier Reef. If you are curious, my good friend Sara Cuadros just showed me a link to a Google Virtual tour where you can see, what I am going to see. I can’t wait! Click here for the tour.

My suitcases are still unpacked, but I still have a lot of time tomorrow, and hopefully there will also be time for a few posts while I am enjoying the sunshine.

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  1. […] tasks Before I left for vacation, I queued jobs at the server as mentioned here to slowly run while I was gone. I have now checked up on the jobs, found one that did not finish […]

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