From DC to Cairns...

It has been a whirlwind of a 5 weeks for me living out of a suitcase: DC (Association for Psych Science meeting), Vienna, Athens, Delphi, Pompeii, Rome (Organisation for Human Brain Mapping meeting), and Cairns (International Behavioural Neuroscience Society meeting). 

Altogether, I presented 3 posters and a blitz, and sat on a panel. I connected with a mentor from Guelph, several faculty, and also trainees from around the world working in different areas of neuroscience.

I also got to do a 9-day "checkout" from school-related travel and visit Vienna, Athens, Delphi, and Pompeii, watch my first operetta, see the Parthenon, snorkel with a turtle and a "celebrity" fish at the Great Barrier Reef, hold and get pooped on by a koala, try kangaroo and crocodile meat, taste KFC in 4 countries, and meet many new people.

A big thank you to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the International Behavioural Neuroscience Society, UBC Neuroscience, and The Boss for helping me fund these trips (round-trip to conference city, hotel, registration).

It would have been **impossible** to pull these off on my own.

I never imagined, even in my wildest dreams, that choosing the (then scary) door to science would allow me to see the world.

But it has, and I'm so glad I ran through that door when it opened.