Seat of Learning
New job, new place, new blog
After a short but enjoyable time in the Netherlands, I am moving to rainier pastures. I will henceforth be based in Cambridge (the UK one, not the Massachusetts one), working as a postdoc at the MRC Biostatistic Unit. So what better time to start a new blog?
With the new job will come new challenges; meeting new collaborators, learning about existing research at the BSU (which, I am assured, houses many researchers with much stronger statistical credentials than I can claim), adapting to a new work environment. I will document my progress here, as far as confidentiality and professionalism allows, as I (hopefully) get to grips with my new position. I will also post the occasional personal update about life in Cambridge, and probably complain about the weather a lot. Buckle up, we should be in for a fun ride!
Mandatory disclaimer: This blog will represent my personal views, and not those of the BSU or the MRC.
But first things first, somewhere to live. Having lived in the UK before, I’m no stranger to renting (or letting, for you British people) a flat. Yet the combination of high housing prices in and around Cambridge, and demanding letting agencies means that flat hunting has been less than pleasant. Let us hope that it will soon be over. Meanwhile, I’m eternally grateful for the invention of AirBnB, which has allowed me to find cheap and lovely lodgings.
I’ve only been in Cambridge for a week, but I’m already falling in love with it. Sure, there is the occasional pretentious student, there are the posh upper-middle-class shops, and the rough outskirts. But there are also lovely locals, great little shops, and hundreds of new restaurants and cafes for me to try.\(\)