Living alone, thinking about trips

Claire teaching me BackgammonI finally feel as though I am getting a bit of traction on various projects. I’ve finished one of the three papers that have been hanging over me. By the time I meet Andrew Hurrell on Monday afternoon, I am resolved to have the paper on the Arab-Israeli conflict done, also. Thankfully, it is fairly similar to a paper I wrote in Michaelmas term about the interwar period in the Middle East and the causes of subsequent instability. In addition to academic work, I have printed some resumes and begun dropping them off at another batch of places. While I rather like the idea of a book shop, the tempting agencies that have been suggested to me by many people are becoming a possibility that I am distinctly considering. That, plus a few smatterings of academic work, might be able to constitute a reasonable employment path for the summer.

With regard to the planned European trips, it seems increasingly clear that finding other people who want to come along and are free to do so will be very hard. This I find particularly regrettable, as living in this empty house is providing a constant reminder of how much better I generally operate and enjoy myself when surrounded by friends. Regardless of that, I should probably go ahead and book at least one trip while the ticket prices are not as high as they will surely become. I need to find out whether my cousin Jiri in Prague is going to be around there this summer. If I can stay for free with him, I could fairly easily justify spending a couple of weeks there. While it wouldn’t be somewhere new to me – like Dublin or Istanbul would be – it would nonetheless be somewhere that I know to be interesting and enjoyable.

My parents are keen on me visiting Vancouver at some point towards the end of the summer. Naturally, I would be very keen to do so; spending two entire years without seeing my brothers or my friends in Vancouver is not something that I ever wanted to do. At the same time, I am anxious about spending so much on airfare prior to a year for which I have managed to secure no funding. The weight of all those failed scholarship applications is something I feel quite acutely at the moment.

PS. Does anybody know about interesting groups in Oxford that meet regularly over the weekend? With classes over, roommates gone, and friends departing, I am feeling a lack of scheduled activities where it is possible to meet people. Book clubs, photographic societies, walking or hiking clubs, and the like are all appealing possibilities.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

6 thoughts on “Living alone, thinking about trips”

  1. Thanks for the birthday email. It was certainly more sincere and more mature than the one I had sent you for your birthday. It was nice to hear from you. I hope all is well with you.

  2. All is reasonably well, and will be better once I’ve finished my papers and found a job. What are you doing over the summer?

  3. B,

    That was a long time ago. In any case, people have the right to say whatever they want about me, provided it has some basis in fact or is clearly satirical. I would guess that the post linked above falls into the first of those two groupings.

  4. Milan,
    This summer I am: (1) Submitting my research proposal to the Research Ethics Board (REB) at SFU for approval, (2) Working as a waiter at Zesty’s on Commercial Drive, (3) Working as a fine dining waiter at Slim’z BBQ & Steakhouse in Kits, (4) Taking a 19th Century Russian Literature course, (5) Taking an Early Shakespeare course, (6) Vacating Malcolm’s house by August 1st for a two-bedroom apartment off Commercial Drive, (7) Trying to maintain my sanity.
    Even though things are stressful, I am pleased with it all.

  5. Victoria,

    What does your research proposal involve? I recall previously that you had an interest in prisons, but I don’t know if that is where you have decided to take your research.

    In any case, I hope all of these projects go well.

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