Arrived in Brisbane

So, there I am, Brisbane! The first day has already passed and I’m settling in quite quickly I must say.

The first night went ok, two blocks of sleep of about 6 hours in total, so nothing to complain about. I’m not feeling any jetlag (yet) but they say it might come tomorrow. We’ll see.

At QUT everything went okay. I got introduced to everyone, including Hajo who had made the exact same trip just a day earlier 🙂 But also to new people with whom I will certainly collaborate and exchange knowledge.

Most people I’ve met so far are really nice and mainly easy going. The cashier in the supermarket actually asked how my day was. I never experienced that in the Netherlands…
The host family is also really nice (a bit energetic at times, but that is okay, since I’m becoming as easy going as most Australians are).

I don’t have much more to add really. Other than that I’m curious what we’ll do in the weekend (they’ll take me to the beach they said so that should be a fun day!).
I’m also really looking forward to work with the people at QUT of course, a lot to learn and share.

So, from Brisbane, good night (and I hope you had a nice lunch back there in Europe :D)

I’m Alive and Travelling

Dear readers,

The time has come. The time to travel. For business. For real.

It is something each academic should do: visit other groups in academia and learn how academia works around the world.

I have been given the chance to visit the QUT BPM group in Brisbane, Australia. I’m leaving next week Tuesday and will be staying there for a good 6 weeks. Although this will not give me a lot of time to do and see all the really fun Australian things (Great Barrier Reef, Sydney’s Opera House, and far more nature than I’ve ever seen) I still think it is plenty long to absorb some pieces of Australia. And, of course, work!

Furthermore, I’m staying with three different families during my stay. I think that this will be a unique experience to learn about the Australian culture. I expect it to be different than here in the Netherlands, although Australia still has kind of a Western culture.

So, in the next few weeks I will be posting regular updates. Mainly aimed at family and friends but of course colleagues and complete strangers are more than welcome to follow me. And, hopefully, including beautiful pictures to make you all wish you were there.

For some readers my posts might be not very interesting (I will be posting pictures of airports and planes) but please understand that I have never travelled further than 1300km from home (Croatia), never been away for much more than 2 weeks and I’m travelling alone. I’m not a world traveller (yet) but hope to visit America and possibly China/Indonesia/… with my girlfriend (/wife) sometime in our lives.

For now, I’m preparing for my flight: 24 hours of travelling, mostly spend in air planes, something I have never experienced… And then the timezone difference, in the wrong direction. That will be a hell of jet lag I’m afraid…

As soon as I have more news to share, you’ll find it here! (also links will be posted on Twitter and Facebook)


NOTE: for those concerned, I’m still in the Netherlands until next week Tuesday (June 6) and I will still be at work tomorrow. Thanks for caring Ine 😉