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Gearóid Brennan

Gearóid Brennan

Musings of a nurse and early-career academic

Prochain arrêt: Sydney

I made it in one piece after approx. 27 hours of Travel. I arrived in Sydney Thursday PM (Sydney Time). I’ve been suffering pretty bad with the jetlag but that didn’t stop me from some sightseeing on Friday. Though the flights were pretty comfy thanks to the fabulous service of Qatar Airlines. I have forgiven them for the ‘coffee incident’ back in June when I flew with them to Singapore. Also, my conference poster made it in one piece- something which I was pleasantly surprised about!

My accommodation is a 15-minute walk to Circular Key, where the famous Sydney Opera House and Bridge are to be found. I have to say, the Opera House is more impressive up close than any postcard!

Yesterday and today have been a bit overcast. Also, it’s labour day weekend here, so Monday is a public holiday. This is something I didn’t take into consideration when planning my travels. So arranging visits to mental health services has proved tricky- not because of a lack of effort on the part of services, but because of time. The ACMHN conference runs Tuesday-Thurs so it just leaves Friday. Somewhat anxiety-provoking but it’s been wonderful having the support of my fellow FNF travel scholars and our WhatsApp group! A massive lesson this year has been building a support network and asking people for help.

I am glad though that I arrived when I did. Travelling 17,000km is no joke and having days to recover from the jetlag before getting down to work has proved essential. And as my fellow scholars have pointed out, it’s all about the work/life balance when on a study tour. That includes time for rest and exploring the sights and sounds of new and far off distance cities!


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