A couple of months before our departure to Costa Rica, I got my drivers license. I was proud as a peacock, but nothing had prepared me for the Costa Rican roads! … More Steep learning curve
Now that we have been blogging about our sabbatical for more than a year, it might be interesting for you, our dear readers and followers, to see what that has been like: how many visitors and views did we have, where do our readers come from, what are the most viewed pages, what are our writing goals and policies, and how did we keep it up and what experiences did we have? … More A year of blogging about our sabbatical
The past few weeks, Cristina and I have been shocked to notice that the sabbatical year will be over soon. Super soon. It led us summing up all kinds of things about the last year, including ‘what have been the outcomes of the sabbatical?’ This post is about that. … More Outcomes of the sabbatical. Frank’s part.
The other day we were having dinner on the porch, already dressed in our long sleeves when we noticed that it was getting cold. I stood up to go to the bedroom and get a jumper when Frank said, Could you get me my fleece, as well? And the socks?… and -he added a bit … More Honey, get the fleece. It is 25 degrees!
From one thing came the next, and now I spend a lot of time browsing, reading learning. … More Browsing, reading, learning
One of the wonderful bits about my current volunteer work is that I am doing hands-on research (again). And this time, not with the idea of developing or testing a theory as it is often the case in academia, but with the humble and simple goal of improving people’s lives while ensuring the long-term conservation … More New insights into job downgrading…hands-on research again!
Have you ever felt that there is never time to learn new things that could make your work better…but that are not extremely urgent? That it is faster to do things “the old way” since learning the “new way” will take too much time? Do you tell yourself “I will do it in summer when … More New insights into job downgrading…the blessing of having time to learn new things
It is now a little over two months since Costa Rica published its first report on the Corona crises. At that point in time (11th of March) there were 22 reported cases of infected people. Today, there are 863 of which, only 288 are active cases. This country of 5 million inhabitants has suffered only … More What a tiny tropical country can teach the world about managing the Coronavirus crises
Over the last couple of weeks, those of you following this blog might have been surprised by the multiplication of blog posts…in different languages. So, here is why. Making the blog accessible to all From the start, Frank and I decided that we would write the blog in English as the main language. But we … More The challenge of a multilingual blog
The other day I realized what it is to be on the other side of the fence. In this case, in the shoes of the research assistants that have been working with me over the years. And this is the insight: the grass IS greener!! At least in some respects. Let me explain. Over the … More New insights into job downgrading: The blessing of having time for fast turnarounds