Hue, Vietnam, taken on December 27, 2015
It is pretty amazing that while many languages use the same letters of the alphabet, different combinations of letters – or the same combinations – mean such different things. Vietnamese is particularly intriguing to me because while it is an Asian language, it uses the Latin alphabet (with a few exceptions and modifications) but is a hybrid language that contains elements of many cultures, like those of France and China. I saw this board, presumably part of an elementary school, when I was passing by a rural area in the city of Hue in Vietnam. I gotta say…they learn some pretty complicated words. “To be ruthless”? “To imbue”? (I don’t even know what that means.) “To be manufactured with skill”? Not gonna lie, but I’m impressed. One thing though – please tell me what “to be life shortening” means…???
South Bend, USA, taken on August 7, 2009
I’ve only worked in one real biochemistry lab throughout my entire “career” as a researcher, and let’s just say…it was a mess. Now that I think about it, my grad school lab spaces were so much more comfortable to work in, even though we often complained about clutter and the lack of cleanliness. I guess everything is relative 😛
Glasgow, Scotland, taken on March 21, 2015
It seems blasphemous to put a rare photo of sunny Glasgow in black and white, but I like to do the unconventional 😛 Yes, this photo was taken last Saturday, on arguably the most gorgeous day in Glasgow this year so far. Chasing away the usual gray clouds, the sun and the blue sky were so welcoming that some of my friends and I decided to pick up our instruments and head over to the University of Glasgow. We sat on the grass beside the Main Building of the university and filled the air with music. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon spent, albeit it did get a bit cold eventually! (See the original photo in colour.)
Waterloo, Canada, taken on August 5, 2008
On this day, the gymnasium in the PAC (Physical Activities Centre) at the University of Waterloo wasn’t used for sports or recreation. Arrays of desks and chairs were lined up for, you guessed it, final exams. It was a magnificent sight. I really hated writing final exams at the PAC and would rather have them in classrooms, but we didn’t get to choose. I can’t remember whether this was arriving at an exam or leaving it, but it was probably one of thermo or circuits, which was in my 3A term. Oh, those horrid memories. Never again, please!
When all the students have left the school, these lockers look slightly eerie. I think one of them used to be my locker in grade 12.