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
On Friday afternoon, I dropped Colin and his two fellow researchers at the helipad for their weeklong trip to Redonda. They had crammed the rental car full of supplies, including a week's worth of food and water, tents, sleeping pads, a giant golf cart battery to power various pieces of science equipment, fishing lizard-catching poles, and … Continue reading Flying!
All the traveling I've been doing lately - most recently to Antigua - plus the three trips I made to the airport in the last two days to pick up Colin's research crew got me thinking. The ultimate indignity of international travel is this: after a day or more of travel, you finally walk out of … Continue reading Airports
I've officially lived in France for one week! Most of that week passed in a fog of jet lag, but I think I've finally adjusted—although, funnily enough, until last night I thought that Paris was five hours ahead of Boston. Turns out, it's six. Who knew?! Good thing I didn't try to call you in … Continue reading Let’s Back It Up A Step…