On the 4th of October 2017 I have officially moved to Sweden! After a very long trip, 3 flights, and carrying several bags I finally managed to reach my house here in Umeå. Short after I started working on the Dr Jörgen Johansson’s group. The lab is located in the Molecular Biology Department, at the University Hospital of Umeå site, part of Umeå University.

The lab is great, the department has excellent conditions and equipment, and I have been really enjoying my work and my project. I’m very excited about it! Everyone around here is very nice and helpful, including all my lab colleagues my PI. It has been great to work here so far, I’m really liking it.

It was a little overwhelming in the beginning, a new city, a new country, a new language, a new culture, a very different clime, but it just took a little adjustment until Umeå started to feel each day more like my new home.

The city is full of students, which means it has a very young vibe and there is always something going on. It is also a city for all the outdoors lovers, since the city is surrounded by beautiful nature, especially now in the winter, the all city is covered in white. Is something really beautiful and definitely worth watching! Not to mention the auroras, they are truly something. I was lucky enough to see my first northern lights and it was amazing, it made up for all the cold I had to face to see them.

In general, I’m really enjoying it, and I look forward to next few years I’ll spend here and all that Umeå has to give me!