Of comfort zones and connections

Port wine ships  in Porto, Portugal (J.Vickery) After 5 years of grad school I tend to feel quite comfortable and in my zone when I’m at academic conferences. There are regular faces and names I know will be there, topics on which I feel confident discussing, and discourses with which I’m quite familiar. However, spending…

Hello from Portugal!

Lisbon, Portugal (J. Vickery) This trip has confirmed what I always suspected to be true: I absolutely love traveling by myself! I spent three wonderful days exploring Lisbon and really falling in love with the city. Only those who know me well can appreciate this next statement, but I’m proud to say I did not…