in Oregon now

I am in Portland now, and the weather is dreadful! I thought of going biking+camping on the weekend to visit natural hot springs (they are especially tempting in such weather), but it’s probably to cold to sleep in a tent (it is about +5…+7ºC at night), especially if I get wet while riding the bike… A car would help, but I can’t drive 😦 OK, getting driver’s license is on must-do list for the summer!

I don’t want to miss such wonders as Cougar hot springs, just look at these photos I’ve found at Panoramio:

Ah, I so want to repeat that amazing experience of natural hot springs that I had on Izu peninsula in Japan… Well, if not here in Oregon, then hopefully when I am again in Japan in July. There, it was possible to reach the onsens (hot springs) by public transport…

Young and active but not naturists…


… this time I am talking about neurons. Last Thursday I defended my PhD thesis about adult neurogenesis , and who would have thought that its title was inspired by the name of this blog! Yes, the neurons I studied were also young and active 8)

And it was one of those very rare occasions when I did want to wear something!

And not only this awesome hat made by my colleagues =)

I bought my suit about three years ago, and it’s been waiting for an occasion to be worn since then. The tie was a souvenir from Japan (I bought it in “100 yen shop”, but it looks cool)… Finally there was a good reason to try them out.

Although I like suits and ties, normally I don’t bother wearing anything fancy… if I wear anything at all, hehe.

For example, when I was writing my thesis I mostly didn’t.

It was cool to go to write to some parks here in Berlin.

During autumn it was quite cool though in terms of temperature though, but most of the text I anyway wrote in Athens… Those were good times, let’s see where life brings me next.