So what’s it like to be a scientist? Some people think that we live a life of fun and ease. Not so! Let me walk you through a typical day. While, of course not every scientist’s day is like this, most scientists would agree that their day was something like this. I awoke at 5:00am in my beautiful apartment in Vienna. It is just off the Ring-Strasse, a stone’s throw from the Museum Quarter, the Opera house, etc. This high North, it was light outside, cool and pleasant. I caught a taxi to the airport where a boarded a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt. After a short layover, I boarded another flight to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We had an unnerving hour stop in Khartoum, in the Sudan (unnerving because as an American, the Sudan was not somewhere I’d want to get detained) and then off to Addis Ababa. My companion from the UN and I checked in to a hotel, primitive even by Motel 6 standards, but after I got used to it, felt comfortable and almost safe. So that’s my typical day. Most researchers would agree that that’s a pretty accurate description of our life.
To be continued . . .