07 July 2008

Brain Workout

So today was the first day of the workshop. It was nice, and it was great to be working with people who share the same ideas. In my opinion, it wasn't the perfect workshop, but I couldn't complain.

We started rather late; we grouped at around 10:30 in the morning, when in fact, I have been awake since 4:30 AM. I don't know, maybe it is because sunrise is so early here, because it is so up north. I suppose this is the northernmost place I have been to. I get woken up by the sunrise, even though I have the blinds closed.

Anyway, we get started, we had an opening lecture, and then we grouped into our own topics. I belong to a group of 6 students, and although I feel that some in the group don't really know what's going on, the others are a good bunch. I have a feeling that I am the youngest in my group. Which is fine, no problem with that.

I suppose the fact that I already have some sort of experimental background sometimes makes me a bit impatient. I tend to think from the point of view that we needed to have a project to be done by the end of this week, and it should have an experimental flavor to it. I tend to think that we should think what experiments we can conduct given our subject pool, and from there, think of the theoretical question that can be addressed. However, the standard research procedure would be that there is a theoretical question first, and then from there, we would design the experiment. However, we are in not-so-ideal situations, we only have a week. So that makes things a little different.

Anyway, aside from that, things are turning out well. After the first day, our group proceeded to the nearby super to buy something to eat for dinner. I realized something about this: that Danes do not know how to do pasta. Of course, I am not in Italy, so why would I expect that? Well, I grabbed this plate of lasagna with fresh fish and shrimp. The fish was good (even though my breath turned fishy), but the lasagna was rather tough. I guess Danes do not know how to do it al dente.

(Tree Stump, from my Watkins Glen Series)


  1. What's the local food? I'm ashamed to say I don't know much about Denmark...

    Do you find people work differently compared to the US? Just curious ;)

  2. My goodness... careful with the fish.. baka si Little Mermaid 'yan. :)

  3. Zhu,

    The local food really depends on your taste; if you are into fish and seafood, then you would find it awesome. But, the bread sucks. And other dishes seem a little bland for me, not a lot of herb and spice usage.


    No, the Little Mermaid is in Copenhagen, and she isn't edible I think.