November Monthly Review

Clara shen November review

November has come to a very chilling end (potentially first snow I’ve seen here yet!). Poland is definitely now getting fully into the Christmas vibes – there are shops popping up everywhere selling decorations, socks, everything you need for a cosy Christmas! Aptly, today it snowed for the first time while I was walking to the bus! It was actually mildly annoying and wasn’t as nice as having a blanket of snow, but still quite cool. I’ve also had a lot happening this month, so it’s time for a little review!

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How to spend 48 hours in Gran Canaria

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A few weeks ago, my boyfriend surprised me with a short weekend trip to one of the Canary Islands – Gran Canaria! Seeing as it may be our last chance to travel abroad and get some much-needed vitamin D, we boarded a plane with 100 other German tourists in Berlin, and in five hours we were landing on an island off the coast of Africa! Gran Canaria lies somewhere near the tropic of Capricorn (as does the Sahara desert!), so the weather is hot and sunny nearly all year round. When we landed it was definitely a lot warmer, but the Canary Islands are also made up of volcanic mountains, so higher up, the temperatures dropped very quickly in contrast to the coastline. Here are some of the highlights and a guide to travelling on Gran Canaria, especially if you only have a weekend!

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Unconventional tips to getting over academic writing blocks

unconventional tips for academic writing

I used to be really terrible at academic writing. I didn’t like doing it and when I had to, I tried to do it as quickly as possible so I didn’t have to do it much longer. That changed a lot during my PhD, where academic writing is almost a daily part of life and an undeniably required skill. Over the years I’ve tried many tricks/ideas to not only improve my writing, but just to get started and keep writing even when I didn’t want to. Here are some of the more unique/unconventional methods that I found worked quite well for me, and maybe they’ll help you get a jumpstart on that next chapter!

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Happy World Science Day!


Today is World Science Day, so I wanted to share my story in science. I think everyday really is world science day – science is something we do naturally without even noticing it. We learn how to do enquire, do experiments and analyse results when we are very young, we just don’t usually apply it to what might be conventionally known as “scientific research”. But on a daily basis, science plays an important role in almost every aspect of our lives. I might talk more to that in future posts, but today I just wanted to share with you a little bit about how I got into science and the role it’s played in my life.

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