i know i have been very absent on my blog in the last month, but there is a good reason for that. i'm going to start a new job in a very far far away place at an amazing university. the whole process has gone fairly quickly: i learned about the opportunity in early december, applied right before christmas, had an interview two weeks ago over skype, and was offered the position early last month. i really didn't expect to relocate at this point of my life but when I read the job description, i thought they wrote it just for me; it was as though they had tailored every aspect of the job to who i am and what iwant to be doing - i could not be more excited about the work.
the opportunity, however, doesn’t come without its challenges. it will be necessary for my husband and i to be apart for periods of time as the position is at the institute for electronic music and acoustics (http://iem.kug.ac.at) in graz, austria. the project takes about three years and i also earn my ph.d. degree. i start my new job next week and i'm very excited about that. i'll be posting about the technical aspects of the project if you are interested in sonification and audio technology on my computer music blog.
i have had some sleepless nights in the last month as i discussed with family and friends the pros and cons but we agreed this is a great opportunity. of course i would miss my husband and teh great friends i have in teh bay area. i also had a fantastic lunch with jina and bonnie short before i left to enjoy delicious californian meals at zuni cafe.
let's get back to our foodie topics. i arrived in vienna, a city where i used to live more than ten years and i have so many great memories at many cute cafes and restaurants here. but since i was in such a hurry to settle down, i had to go to graz immidiately. graz is the second largest city in austria and is the capital of styria. it has also been the cultural capital on europe on 2003. i'm going to introduce graz to you in these years step by step, but since i have family and friends in vienna and i know the city so well, i would also share my culinary experiences in vienna every now and then when i get the chance to come over for weekend.
demel. i ended up having one on the last day they have it.