I’m back from Italy! I’ll post about it later and upload the pics…and of course, I still have to post about Cardiff and the latest Mexican restaurant I ate at. In the meantime, I have to start packing up all my stuff because LSE is kicking me out of my dorm so they can rent the rooms to tourists for ridiculously high prices (and they’ve already started arriving! ACK!). I’ll be moving to Great Dover Street, which is supposedly a ten minute walk from Bankside.
Here’s some stuff I need to accomplish this summer:
Happiness is multiple pipelines
I have to write my dissertation, which is entitled “The Geopolitics of Caspian Oil Transit Routes: Russia and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline.” Basically, I’ll be writing about the BTC Pipeline and how it has affected Russian energy policy in the Caspian Basin. I know you are all very excited about this topic. When I told my dad about it he said “Like in the James Bond movie?” Hmmm…yeah…the James Bond movie. Perhaps I could use it as a reference.
Earning some quid
Yes, another part-time job in which I employ the technology skills I learned as a teenager to make some money. I’ll be serving as the Residence Network Advisor for my dorm and also putting in some hours at the laptop support centre (remember, that’s “centre”, not “center” in Britain) on the LSE campus. It’s a lot better than Office Depot, and they pay me well, so I think it will be a good fit.
I’m going to try and do a bit more traveling, but am not sure what I can fit in between work and the dissertation. Everyone seems to want to go to Prague pretty badly (Eastern Europe is, like, so trendy for some reason), so I think we will be doing that. I’d like to go to Poland…Warsaw and Cracow. I think we might do a few daytrips to the English countryside. But most of all, I really really really want to go to Normandy and see the D-Day beaches (you know me and my love affair with history).
Finding a “real” job
If you had asked me a year ago what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I would have answered that I wanted to teach Russian history or politics at a university. Well, for various reasons, I can no longer see myself in an academic career. So, it’s time to start sending out resumes and filling out applications. I’d really like to work in the oil and gas industry, so if anyone who is with an oil and gas company is reading this and knows of any job openings, send them my way! (Hey, it’s worth a shot)