Lockdown

Is it weird that since the Coronavirus lockdowns began, I have socialized more from home than I ever do in person? Reconnecting with friends around the world, each conversation starts the same way– no preamble or typical small talk, but rather an immediate launch into updates on your country’s response to this pandemic, and yourContinue reading “Lockdown”

Why don’t you like Berlin?

“But why don’t you like Berlin?” I don’t like Berlin for the same reasons I don’t like most big cities. It’s dirty, expensive, and full of people. The streets smell like cigarette smoke, car exhaust, and literal shit. There’s rats. There’s no easy access to nature– “What do you mean? Berlin is one of theContinue reading “Why don’t you like Berlin?”

LCT retrospective

Last month I attended the annual meeting of my study program. This year, the meeting was held at Charles University in the beautiful capitol city of the Czech Republic, Prague. Since I have already graduated, this was probably the last LCT meeting that I will attend (although who knows!). As usual, it was an absoluteContinue reading “LCT retrospective”

Working Hard

Berlin has inexplicably continued to be cool. It feels like I just keep waiting and waiting for summer to come, but it never does. Just as Berlin has failed to warm up for me, I have also failed to warm up to Berlin. I’ve been riding my bike all around this city, seeing more ofContinue reading “Working Hard”

Settling In

Tip: When you go to an embassy, don’t wear a battery-powered heated jacket with wires all over it. This month, I had to get my passport renewed at the US Embassy in Germany. Apart from the incident with the jacket (a holiday gift from my big brother), and the government shutdown slowing things down, itContinue reading “Settling In”

Moving to Berlin

A few short weeks after graduation, while I was still traveling after a conference, I realized that I would be moving to Berlin to start a new job in machine translation. All of this happened so quickly– much quicker, I think, than I was mentally prepared for. But now the frenzy of bureaucracy is finallyContinue reading “Moving to Berlin”

The NLP Job Hunt

Around a week after graduation, I sent off a very small handful of applications to a few different companies in computational linguistics. I didn’t spend much time thinking about the whole thing, because shortly thereafter, I left to attend EMNLP (a big comp ling conference that was held in Brussels). After that I headed toContinue reading “The NLP Job Hunt”