Miguel (ESR3) did his 1st secondment from 14/01/18 to 18/03/18. He left Copenhagen in Danemark to Cork in Ireland.
Ireland is a very welcoming country. I have always found Irish people very extrovert and alike to me, so coming to the country to do some research was of great pleasure. Cork is an accessible city via bus/taxi from the airport and its walkable distances can easily allow you to reach any place in town. It has a lovely atmosphere, full of pubs with vibrant live music. Besides the city, the entire country offers green fields to look at and astonishing cliffs, lakes and hills, so the countryside is never to be missed!
The campus of UCC is a 20 minutes’ walk from the city centre and it’s embedded in a green area, with some historic architecture and lays next to the river side.
I found it very convenient to perform some experiments here, as their research focus was somewhat related to my studies and I could hold nice discussions with the people in my office and my hosting supervisor. I think that changing research environment was a very good thing since it allows you to discover other people’s research interests, points of view and way of living.
I am very happy overall with my secondment and I would not think it twice if I was to come back. Thank you!