“What did you do on global climate protest day, Daddy?”
“I was in the city centre, and joined the protest for a while.But I had to leave, as I needed to get to the airport to fly home.”
I was in Hamburg that day.To speak at a conference, of course, one of many recent academic trips abroad, to China, the US and Europe, almost all by plane.
Academic travel is seen as a perk of the job, although the trips can be less exotic than billed.Sometimes you arrive at the conference venue after dark and barely leave it, gulping down dubious sandwiches and second-rate coffee between panels of varying interest.But that is the exception.Normally there is time for a bit of sightseeing and a fancy meal out.A weekend break at the expense of another country’s research council.Nice.
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