Olen EDULEARN konferenssissa niin kuin viime vuonnakin, joten suurimmaksi osaksi tulee katseltua konferenssihotellin neuvotteluhuoneita.
Today I'm back in Barcelona, where the sun is hot, just like everywhere else in Europe right now. I am fortunately sitting inside a conference room all days long yesterday and today, back in EDULEARN, which I also attended last year. I love Barcelona, it's clearly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. But it's got so much to see that even some of my pictures were still left in drafts from last year - how convenient! I doubt I will make a lot more this time, my goal is to go into the Sacrada Familia tomorrow, as so many recommend it to be the thing to do. Perhaps if I have time, I'll see some more Gaudi, but let's see. Today I have two presentations in EDULEARN one on my research in China and one on my PhD topic, so very intensive work-wise. So far I have done what I did last year, swimming on top of work and then some socialising later. In the conference you obviously meet a lot of new people to work with - there's a great population of Finns here, but I tend to try and mix it up a bit. I run into an American professor and his chezch student, both of which had immigrated to Finland because of their spouses. So we had quite a nice half-Finnish couples support group going on at lunch yesterday. In the breakfast I met three women from Canada, Nigeria and Germany. That's what I love about EDULEARN is that they are really good at organizing cultural exchange to happen in the conference grounds. All meals are in big 8 person round tables so you absolutely will speak with strangers. Even though Barcelona is certainly one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been, the best part of traveling must always be the people.