The title of this piece is Latin for “I am in hiding in order to think”. OK, that’s not actually true as far as Latin goes, but it’s true about me. I am presently conducting an experiment in discipline, work, and lifestyle. That may sound grandiose, but you should see where I’m doing it.
A bit of background may help: As you may know, I have been a graduate student since the early 1920s. I am now making a serious push to get my thesis written and get my PhD. Now that I’m living in Sweden, I realize it would be possible for me to get a permanent (yes, permanent) teaching job without having a PhD, but I would be forever prevented from advancing in academia. Not to mention the psychological burden of an unfinished degree. So I’m totally committed to finishing my thesis within the next year, hopefully sooner. That brings up the question of how to make that happen, and that’s where my current experiment comes in.
In brief, I decided to hide out in an isolated spot and work intensively for a couple of weeks, to see how much momentum I could get going. But where to do it? I make no secret of the fact that I have been in love with Spain for the past two decades. I lived there some years ago, and I go back whenever I can. There are many places I am attached to in Spain, but one of my favorites is Albarracín, a small medieval mountain town in the middle of nowhere. And as luck would have it, some good friends of mine have an apartment in that very town. So when Miguel actually suggested that I go and stay there and work on my thesis, well, I decided that it was an offer I couldn’t pass up.
So, I’m spending two weeks here in the land of jamón serrano, holed up in a flat in what I consider to be the most beautiful town in Spain. As you will understand, I have very little time to write for my blog, but I can spend at least a little time before bed regaling you with stories and musings. I’m going to try to make these pieces a bit shorter than usual in order to make that easier, so we’ll see how it goes. Also, I’m about to put up photos on my gallery page, so feel free take a look. More soon…
Posted by: Gregory