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?”

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”

Summer Travels (Weeks 48-51)

August has been a whirlwind. I finished out the first year of my master’s degree, and went on a 16 day vacation full of walking, hiking, and swimming. In total, I visited Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden, the Czech Republic, and Barcelona. Germany My trip started with a train ride to Berlin. The week was a littleContinue reading “Summer Travels (Weeks 48-51)”