Author Archives: Ranjan

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Writer, editor, scientist, traveler and speaker.

Departing Wenzhou airport

My China Trip, Part 10: Goodbye China and Reminiscences

Continued from My China Trip, Part 9.

I woke to the gentle chimes of my iphone alarm, rubbed my eyes and looked outside. It was still dark. I forced myself to get up. It was time to say goodbye and head home.

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Lunch outdoors under an awning, Wenzhou

My China Trip, Part 9: The Last Day and a Class on Scientific Writing

Continued from My China Trip, part 8

The day dawned bright and clear, my last full day in China. I felt a little sad but there was no time to indulge in that feeling. I had a long meeting with the students scheduled and a talk to give. There was a little free time that morning and I used it productively to finalize my presentation and do a little packing. The car arrived and I headed off to Wenzhou University to join the others.

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The library, Wenzhou Medical University, China

My China Trip, Part 8: Party Time, 60th Anniversary Celebration of Wenzhou Medical University

Continued from My China trip, part 7: A Chinese Halloween, WeChat and lab tete-a-tete

The 60th anniversary celebration of Wenzhou Medical University (WMU) was on October 28, 2018, a Sunday and a big shindig befitting the occasion was planned. I never let a party go to waste so decided to join the festivities and hoopla. “This is a fortunate coincidence, when will I get this chance again”, I thought to myself.

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A Chinese Halloween, children in constume, Wenzhou, China

My China Trip, part 7: A Chinese Halloween, WeChat and lab tête-à-tête

Continued from My China trip, Part 6: A Day at Yandang Mountain.

I woke up slightly sore, the long walk at Yandang Mountain the day before was making itself felt. But after coffee and a shower I felt pretty chirpy. The agenda was to meet the students and discuss research in the less formal setting of their labs followed by a little sightseeing. I decided against wearing a formal suit and opted for a causal polo shirt. It was also pleasantly warm.

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Hiking, Yandang Mountain, China

My China Trip, Part 6: A Day at Yandang Mountain Forest Park

Continued from My China Trip, Part 5: Speaking at the FGF conference

I woke late with the sun shining in my eyes. I lazily rubbed them as I got up from bed. The scientific conference was over and our agenda that day was to have fun, which, in my case, would be to see a bit of China as a tourist. The organizers had thoughtfully arranged a tour of the Yandang Mountain Forest, a well-known spot for nature lovers and hikers. I chowed down a hearty breakfast and got my gear together.

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My talk at the FGF conference, Wenzhou, China 2018

My China Trip, part 5: Speaking at the FGF Conference, Wenzhou, 2018

Continued from My China trip, part 4: An Evening of Song and Dance in Wenzhou

I woke to the gentle but persistent chimes of my cellphone alarm. The first blush of dawn was lighting the sky. I pulled back the curtains of my hotel room and looked out. Wenzhou was spread out before me surrounded by low, green hills which dwarfed the many high-rises in the city. It looked peaceful in the soft light of early dawn.

View from my hotel room, Wenzhou, China

View from my hotel room, Wenzhou, China

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Chinese classical dance

My Chinese Trip, part 4: An Evening of Song and Dance in Wenzhou

Continued from My China Trip part 3: the First Conference and on to Wenzhou

We boarded the train for Wenzhou, put our bags on the overhead racks and settled into the cushioned seats for the journey. I kept my camera and some reading material handy. All the invited scientists were in one compartment. Most of them knew each other and so the conversation soon started to flow. I was looking forward to Wenzhou and the conference.

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