A day in the life (2015)

Today is Wednesday, 20 May 2015 [1]

I am an Edinburgh-Zhejiang lecturer at the University of Edinburgh (UK).

This is a day in my life.

  • 7:30 am – OK, it’s not California. But it’s not too bad.


  • 8:00 am – Actually, it’s georgeous. I enjoy my walk to work, which features views of Edinburgh castle


    … and the last of the cherry blossom


  • 9:00 am – I arrive at the office and start planning the day ahead.
  • 9:30 am – As part of Fellowship in Medical Education Research, I read up on adult learning theories – and have coffee, of course.


  • 10:30 am – I work on my own research papers. We have one that’s recently been submitted – fingers crossed for another Ice Cream Day in the near future!
  • 11:30 – I sneak off for a lunch break run. It’s not far from my office to Holyrood Park, which is perfect for running: Unpredictable weather, a lot of uphill running, a lot of downhill running, the occasional rabbit, and stunning views.


  • 14:00 – After a shower and a quick lunch, I attend a meeting for all the new faculty at our research centre. Quite informative, and a good oppoertunity to meet some of my colleagues, since I only just started last month.
  • 16:00 – That was a long meeting! I take notes, have coffee, and then work on a grant application that I’m preparing. Some more crossing of fingers will be in order, but before that, I have a lot more work to do.
  • 18:00 – Time for Chinese class! My new job involves spending 12 weeks a year in China to teach within a collaborative biomedical science degree programme at Zhejiang University. So, I figured it would be good to take a language class to learn some basic Chinese. Today, we learn how to talk about locations, and how to ask for phone numbers.


  • 20:00 – I walk home from Chinese class, enjoying the mild Edinburgh spring evening and getting a little bit lost – as usual.
  • 21:00 – Quick dinner, and a short round of making-my-flat-look-a-little-less-like-a-mess.
  • 22:00 – Skyping with my boyfriend in London. Living in the same time zone sure does make things a lot easier!

[1] Late blogging brought to you by extremely busy life ™

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