I know most of people that follow us on Instagram know us as outdoors people, but our lives really revolve around the science we do, therefore I think it is suitable to make the first blogpost about science. One of the great benefits of science (other than science itself) is the amount of conferences around. If you’re in a good lab with a boss that gets invited to meetings, you are bound to be able to join in at some point. I am lucky to be one of those people, and in April I attended my third conference as a scientist. It was the first time I gave a conference talk. It was only a two minute Blitz presentation of my poster but trust me, they are the worst. Unfortunately for me this was a highly clinical neurodevelopmental conference and at this current moment in time I do not do anything clinical, nor neurodevelopmental or neurodegenerative.
I work in circadian rhythms in zebrafish, so it was a bit off target. It didn’t make it any better that I was the definitely the youngest and least qualified person at the conference. So after a mediocre talk from me it was good to be reminded that wine repairs all egos, and that I was in Italy and there was a free bar. However, as it turned out, the pharma company was very interested in the labs current work and for the first time in my life I was handed a business card and maybe there will is an industrial collaboration on the horizon. Enough science talk!
The conference was held in Viareggio, which is a coastal town an hour away from Florence. The city is supposed to be the “Blackpool of Italy”, but I have never been to Blackpool, so I don’t know whether that is true or not. When we arrived on the Wednesday it had a post-apocalyptic/post-pandemic feel to it. The beach is huge and long and every beach club was closed. Nobody was on the beach. Sandy winds. Empty and barred up seafront estates. Empty cafes. Two days later it was packed full of people, a Tivoli and rows of marked stalls. Odd how things can change so much in such short time. Since the conference was pretty much 9:00-24:00 everyday I didn’t have much of a chance to photograph the city.
After the conference I headed over to Florence and spent a few days there. I stayed in a hotel over the river with amazing skyline views of Florence and Ponte Vecchio. In great company I leisurely explored the city, ate ice-cream and drank countless cappuccinos. I think in many ways Florence reminds me of a crossover between Paris and Rome for some reason, which is not a bad thing. Rome is probably one of my favourite cities, and after a sceptical first meeting with Paris in 2014, I managed to finally fall in love with Paris this March.
Everyone that does photography at some level knows it takes time to take a good picture, and even then it doesn’t necessarily come out good. When you travel with a wannabe photographer like myself that actually wants to spend the evening attempting river panoramas rather than drinking (well actually it’s time for both), it is key to have company with the same (or complying) mind-set as yourself (which I luckily had). I think it is hard to get any decent morning or day photos of cities (if anyone has any tips or tricks let me know). I love bringing my light tripod around when I travel, and it was only ever used to for dusk river/ocean photo. After getting my first full frame camera I used it a lot for my city travels too.
This post is of course about a month late, but I have been finishing my masters degree and been very busy.
This summer both Siv and I promise more updates, more photos and more travels.
Thanks guys for reading the first post on the blog!
I’ll try and keep it less nerdy next time. Any feeback is good feedback in this case!