Right now I’m in the middle of my second year of writing my PhD dissertation, with a couple more years left to go. It’s an “International Doctorate” program, which means that I have to do at least a three-month stay to work on my thesis with someone in a non-Spanish University. Such stay is usually done in the third or fourth (school) year. Luckily, my PhD advisor has some co-authors in great universities in the US, so – as you’ve probably guessed – I’m headed to… Boston!
I still don’t have the final dates yet, but the idea is for me to spend next fall term there. I’ll travel at the end of August and stay there until December or January, depending on funding. As of right now, Andoni doesn’t have a job, so he’ll come with me unless he finds one (we have 50% unemployment rate among young people here in Spain right now… the economic situation is pretty bad). We’re very very excited about this opportunity, although this means we’ll have to complete all our 2013 list in less than eight months, hah.
Anyway, I’ve only ever been to Boston once and he’s never been there, so we’re really looking forward to it. I’ve already started looking at apartments in the Cambridge area because it’s best if I have a minimal commute. I’d appreciate some pointers on where to look for housing, because I’m having a hard time finding short term furnished apartment rentals. Maybe it’s too early?
Also, as you’ve probably noticed, I’ve changed the design of the blog. I was craving a cleaner, simpler look and I think this does the trick. Of course, I still have to tweak a lot of things around. Please tell me if you see anything wonky. And if you’re from the Boston/Cambridge area, I’d love to hear what you have to say! Some tips regarding how to survive the winter there? We’re planning on visiting NYC for a few days and also Niagara Falls/Toronto while we’re there, any other short visits we should consider?
Image from Time Travel.