The oliebollen were still in the system when the new academic year loomed ahead. I can't help feeling that my Christmas break was too short. Just one week off.
And that was it: the holiday was over. Luckily I'm starting the New Year with some teaching. I've got a six-week practical course. It is unique to teach such a mixed group: twenty one different nationalities. Lovely to have a chat between the experiments about their courses, their countries or their dreams for the future. Last year I enjoyed their childlike astonishment when they saw their first snow. Their faces were gleaming. I'm hoping a lot of students in our department will stay around when they graduate. So the week's holiday may have been short, but I'm glad the year is long enough. I'm up for it again. Working with many different nationalities gives much more than just academic results. And that is what makes Wageningen tick.