I’m not a beach person, as some may know (although my
hometown is 15min by car) but living in a city that is far from one is painful,
specially in the summer! I really miss the sea but I've got here the James
River, my perfect place for long walks, landscape seeing...and ice cream eating
ahahahah (There is always a cart of water-based ice cream called soul ice). It is definitely a top 5
Richmond’s sightseeing. Love it!
Probably you already know that I'm a researcher and I work
in a microbiology lab, right? You don't? Do you want to know my story? ahah
So, after my Masters in Biomedical Engineering (Universidade
do Minho) in Portugal, my PI offered me this opportunity: to do a phD here in
US, more specifically Richmond, Virginia. I said: why not? It's now or never! I
arrived on October 2010 and so far it has been a great adventure! I still have
about 10 months here, and then I have to go back to Braga and finish my
experiments and writing the thesis there.
This might sound chinese for you but basically I'm studying
the mobilization of pathogenicity islands in Staphylococcus aureus by helper
phages. Please, let me rephrase. Staphylococcus aureus are
"goodfellas" and our body needs them but sometimes they are
opportunistic. Worst: staph are smarter than us; they have a few ways to
replicate themselves and spread virulence! Till now, the antibiotics are
failing like crazy... Is it the end of
In the mean time, I'll share with you some photos at my lab.
For the ones who like to dream, who often feel inspired by the nature.. this is your post!
Back in San Francisco, I went to the Muir Woods, a national park full of Coast Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens). This species includes the tallest trees on Earth, reaching up to 115m of height (without the roots) and up to 7m in diameter. The redwoods in this National Park are between 500 and 800 years old...and the oldest one is at least 1 200 years old!! The most amazing fact is that the seeds from those trees are no bigger than tomatoes.
I told you about the crazy weather here right? Sunny and beautiful skies, hot and humid as hell... and then: thunderstorms, rain and everything that you can imagine. I'm still not used to this, bah! So after riding my bike on saturday when the skies decided to pour (actually is good to feel the rain in your body when the temperature is super high), I decided to stay at home on Sunday. lol And the plans of doing some shooting outdoors with my photography mates tu ru ru was postponed for the next one.
Until then, I leave you with some pictures of Richmond at night.
Did you know that San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America? Interesting! SO of course I went to see this neighborhood. Chinatowns are always fool of colors, people, stands of fruit, vegetables, dried meat and fish, roots and teas…
While I was there, peeking into every corner and alley, I found the ‘Golden Gate fortune cookie factory’. How cool is that? Now, funny fact: the fortune cookie is a U.S. invention that is often thought to be from China. Some historians think that the inspiration for Fortune Cookies came from the 14th century when Chinese soldiers slipped messages into mooncakes to help coordinate their overthrow of Mongolian invaders.
When the English settled on this side of the Atlantic, they quickly began baking their beloved pies, but with a little twist. Without the resources of brick ovens they started to do those type of pies using fruit, meat or vegetables into a pot and then a dough placed over the filling. The peach cobbler is very popular around the summer time but then I found this recipe with 3 different apples and cranberries. I mean, cranberries: so American!! I like it! ;)
The golden gate has to be documented here on the blog,
right? It's like going to Rome and not seeing the pope. The 'gate' joins the
San Francisco and the Marin Peninsulas and its color is known all over the
world...Did you know the bridge is orange not red as many of us may thought?
Until the 1840s the strait was called the "Boca del
Puerto de San Francisco" but the name changed after the discovery of gold
During the last Ice Age, waters of the glacier scoured a
deep channel through the bedrock. The strait is well known today for its depth
and powerful tidal currents from the Pacific Ocean. With its strong currents,
rocky reefs and fog, the Golden Gate has been the site of over 100 shipwrecks.