I just finished my first work week even if it has only been three days this week. I have been so busy that there has been no time to blog or do anything. I have even hardly had time to eat lunch. I am completely exhausted and drained. New work always requires a lot of concentration. Just remembering all the new faces and all new names makes me tired. I am working at a core facility for DNA and RNA . It is a research position at the Karolinska Insitute. I will mostly be doing lab work on different platforms. I am starting on one platform now. The building is brand new and the people whom I work with just moved in there in May. I love the modern space with lots of big windows and open layout with cubicles. The break room is just like a dream come true with a very advanced coffee machine that makes all kinds of coffee like cappuchinos, macciatios, lattes ect. There are two dishwashers, fridges, microwaves and free coffee and tea.
I will be working mostly in the lab so therefore I will get to share a writing and desk area with another girl (I had hoped and preferred to have my own writing space of course). But I guess this will work out well. A lap top computer has been ordered for me and hopefully will arrive shortly. It also seems like we will get cell phones. Since the office space is open landscape with cubicles there are small private rooms that you can sneak into if you need to make phone calls or just get some peace and quiet. The lab is also a dream come true as everything when it comes to machines and equipment is brand new. The work rules in the lab are very strict. All work has to be very clean in order to avoid contamination and you have to change both robes and shoes before entering the different lab spaces. Everything has to be kept very sterile and clean. The rules and rituals are thus very rigorous.
I like both my two closest supervisors, Max and Frida. It is a good mix of people and most seem really nice. So far so good I can say. I feel good about this position. I hope it will be really good. I am of course so grateful of getting this position and having this work and for having a job right from the start. I think it will help me to integrate into Sweden and Swedish society much faster this way, it also means a lot from an economic stand point for both me and C.
Being able to bike to work is just great! I love that, the freedom and the convenience. It is fast, efficient and I get a free work out. It takes about half an hour to get there and half an hour to get home. Hopefully I will be able to take the bike for most of the year (depending on how much snow and ice there is, how deep and how slippery it gets and how long the ground stays snow covered).
It is so nice with the weekend now. Today it is actually a beautiful fall day with sunshine. It has been pretty cold during the week with rain showers daily. Nice to calm down and get some sunshine. I guess next week will be just as busy.