Hey, look what we flew over on our way to Tel Aviv yesterday! That's Naxos on the left, Paros on the right, and the SeaJet ferry sailing between them. It's crazy to think that I was down there just one week ago, and since then I've hopped between three countries, two continents, and three alphabets.
What a whirlwind the last month has been! As I alluded to earlier, my mom has the stamina of a marathoner when it comes to sightseeing, so we crammed about four weeks' worth of touring into two, and with all the back-and-forth to Greece, I've now been to the airport five times in the last … Continue reading Catching Lizards and Catching Up
Time is flying! Today is our last day in Greece, and it's the first day that the weather hasn't been essentially perfect. It's a little windy, a white-caps-on-the-sea kind of day. So, instead of going on a sailing trip as planned, we're sitting at Cafe Citron, reading and watching the sailboats rock in the waves. It's … Continue reading Wind
After three weeks of full-time lizard catching, I'm now seeing little lizards everywhere... including at the Louvre. I was extra pleased to see that this young herpetologist-in-training is female. 1822 must have been a good year for gender equality. Unfortunately the lizard she's holding is dead, but I like to think she's gazing at it … Continue reading Reptilian Invasion
Ever since my mom landed in Paris, we've been running around trying to see and do all of the things. Well, not all - that would take at least two lifetimes - but several big-ticket-must-sees plus some of my favorite off-the-beaten-path places. And we're not the only ones! Since I left in early May, the … Continue reading Touristing Around
Yesterday, after a long day of flights and trains, I arrived back in Paris. Unfortunately I had one time-sensitive errand to run since Colin's collaborator Anthony needed a piece of research equipment for his own fieldwork starting today. So I dragged my suitcase up the four flights of stairs to our apartment, caught my breath, … Continue reading Google Translate et moi, nous sommes fatigués
I've now been in Greece for three weeks, although - and I mean this in the absolute best way possible - it feels like twice that. It's hard to imagine not being in Greece anymore, although I'm going to have to get over that because I hop on a plane back to Paris tomorrow: my mom is … Continue reading Here and back again
Update from the field: we’re done! I can now say that my first foray into field ecology was a success, and I earned rave reviews from the boss on my lizard-catching and lizard-spotting abilities. Also: fieldwork is hard. I tease Colin all the time about his plush job, in which he kayaks to deserted islands … Continue reading Leapin’ lizards, we’re done!
We made it to Greece! I’m currently writing this from Cafe Kitron on the island of Naxos in the Cyclades. Stepping off the ferry from Athens last night felt a little like coming home, or, I guess, home away from home away from home. Colin has been coming to Naxos for seven summers now (you … Continue reading Home away from home away from home
Happy belated Fête du Muguet! In addition to being France's Labor Day, May 1st is also Fête du Muguet, or Lily of the Valley Day, when people give small bouquets of Lily of the Valley to friends and family to show their love and appreciation and to wish them bonne chance for the year ahead. I love this! As … Continue reading Fête du Muguet