I’m posting this from a laptop charging station in the Minneapolis airport. Since I got up at 5 this morning in Cambridge, it’s already been a very long day and it’s only 3:45 pm (right now) in Salt Lake City. Just got to power through another few hours in the airport, a few more hours on a plane, and then I’ll be home in SLC! I thought I’d take advantage of some of my 45 minutes of free airport wifi to do something to engage my brain a little bit and write up this little life update. I pretty much had my normal work routine for the rest of last week, and I spent the weekend doing a bit of rowing, a bit of running, a bit of tourism, and a lot of packing! Once again, I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.
Of course I picked graduation as my day to be down in the middle of Cambridge, trying to do tourist things and buy Cambridge swag. It’s amazing all the shops weren’t sold out of everything.
I thought I wouldn’t have time to do anything but pack on Sunday, and I was mostly right…but I still managed to fit in baking another batch of chocolate hobnobs for my house and going for a nice run out Madingley Road and back through Coton, along the paths I first ran in Cambridge. I managed to avoid the nettles this time around, and although most of the wild blackberries (or “brambles”) were still green or flowering, I found a few delicious fruits on my way back to the house.
I’ve got mixed feelings about leaving Cambridge, and “dead tired in an airport” may not be the best time and place for me to adequately articulate them. It was a year (well, 10 months) of ups and downs, and there are definitely things I feel I missed out on among all the wonderful opportunities. I’m really sad to leave all the awesome people I met, especially at Churchill, as well as research that I just felt I was really taking ownership of and that is going in a really interesting direction. At the same time, I’m excited that I get to spend a few weeks relaxing at home with my family, and to start up a new chapter of my life at Harvard. Going to Cambridge was an incredible privilege, and though it wasn’t perfect, I’d definitely do it again.
I’m about to get kicked off the wifi, so I’d better post this. Time to wander around the airport for a few hours. 🙂