I hate the title, but wasn’t sure how to combine “I worked in the lab a lot and finally got some good results in the last half-day of work” and “I went to a spintronics meeting in Prague!” in a pithy way. So yeah. Most of the pictures are from Prague.
When I got back to Cambridge, I was immediately faced with a mountain of work in the form of an experiment that I hadn’t quite gotten to function properly before I left for home, combined with the deadline of presenting the data (that I didn’t quite have yet) at the aforementioned Prague meeting. That Thursday and Friday were a bit grim as a result, and the weekend wasn’t much better (though I gave myself the luxury of not setting an alarm on the weekend). Come Monday, I was quite worried about how we (me and the postdoc I’m working with) were going to get some kind of presentable result out of our experimental setup, but it actually all worked out between about 3 pm Monday and 10 am Tuesday, so I even had a bit of time to start working on my talk before packing for the meeting.
Wednesday morning, we all woke up for a taxi to Stansted at 4:30 am (yay), but the travel went off without a hitch and some nice sunshine awaited us in Prague!
The person in my group who organized our travel to the conference conveniently arranged for us to arrive the day before it started, so most of us spent the afternoon walking between the major tourist attractions of the city.
For dinner, we trekked about an hour to Petrin (the hill with the faux Eiffel Tower) to a traditional Czech restaurant. I decided to go with the most traditional/famous item on the menu, smoked pork knee with mustards and horseradish, splitting it with my postdoc buddy.
It was…mostly fat, which I didn’t eat, but there was some nice, tender meat on the bottom that was great with mustard. Plus, now I (a) don’t have to regret not trying pork knee and (b) never have to feel obliged to order it again.
It’s a good thing we spent all that time walking around on Wednesday, because I didn’t leave Vila Lanna except for my morning runs at all during the conference. This was partly because I was working on my talk, and partly because the talks ran waaaaaay longer than scheduled. Oh well…I really enjoyed the meeting, and my talk seemed to go over well. Now I’m looking forward to settling back in at Cambridge.