Virtually escaping lockdown

On Valentine’s Day, a slight Finnish woman asked me how long she should submerge herself in the frigid waters of the Baltic Sea. “30 seconds” I replied with a nervous half-laugh, shifting uncomfortably on the sofa in my study as I watched her approach the inky rectangle of ocean, cut out of the ice. The…

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My PhD Journal – month one

So here I am, an official PhD student. Undoubtedly the commencement of study has forced me to reflect on the past twelve months and the events that led to this moment. The combined effect of the devastation of my travel business due to an unforeseen pandemic and a mental health emergency that knocked me off…

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