Oh my god is it that post already???

In almost any blog I have been following, there is a point when the blogger, due to various reasons, must take some time away from his blog/website. After this necessary period of time in absence, which can be rather short or extremely long, what usually follows is an apology for the lack of updates. Now I have seen this occurring many times, but all these cases had something in common – they happened after the blog has established itself a reputation and good readership.

Here I am, essentially at the same point in the blog’s history, after not updating for over five months. I never thought it would happen so soon. What I am wondering about is whether I need to apologize to my readers for neglecting the blog. The thing is, I don’t think I have readers that are subscribed to this blog, I don’t even have that many posts here, so won’t it be like talking to myself? Isn’t blogging in general talking to oneself until some other voice starts echoing back in the distance?

So – no. This is not an apology post. A lot of things happened since my previous update. Some bad, some even worse, but some pretty good. I will do my best to share most of the stories here because I think many people, especially young scientists, can learn from my experiences. And this was one of my goals in starting this blog in the first place.

However, first I have to finish writing about New Zealand. Unfortunately, these stories will now be mixed with more current stuff I planned to write about. I was not very motivated to do it and I guess this is part of the reason it took me so long to go back blogging.
Why? Read on.

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