Updated: Feb 7, 2020
I’m not sure if this is really a rule outside of school, and it’s certainly not really a rule in academia either, but it is starting to look like it might be a rule in my PhD life. This isn’t because I’m lazy or hate my work or love holidays, it’s solely down to the fact that I live here, and James lives in England. To be precise, we live 4500 miles apart that results in a time difference of 8 hours (the actual worst time difference in the history of time differences because when I’m at work he’s free to chat and when I’m free to chat he’s asleep). We can’t just pop over to see each other for the weekend, and so, instead, I’ve been working semi-regularly over the weekends in order to take plenty of time off when he comes to visit.
Anyway, we had a holiday and it was so nice! We did a lot of indoor climbing and went to an incredible hidden spot that we’ll definitely go to for trad climbing in the future. We visited James’s friends in Lake Louise where is was -17°C, and explored some of Banff National Park and the Bow Valley Trail in Canmore, Alberta. I loved being in the Rocky Mountains; they were beautiful and a good reminder of why I came to Canada and the fact that I need to explore as much as I can while I’m here. I also had my first (and best) Canadian Thanksgiving with all my lab mates and while it was tasty, I think a British Christmas roast still wins.
Luckily during our trip, James did what he does best and took some photos (mainly of me and the mountains) because I'm not really much of a travel writer.