After galavanting around England, Vicki Argyle and I headed off to Karlsruhe in Germany, where Frederik Klöwer (my ex-labmate) picked us up from the airport and took us to the “Institut für Anorganische Chemie der Universität Karlsruhe”, which is the inorganic chemistry department of Karlsruhe university. We got to meet Frederik’s lab mates, including Julia Rinck who is coming to Dunedin shortly. Frederik also took us on a tour of the city of Karlsruhe and taught me some highly useful German phrases such as ‘Willst du mich heiraten?’.

Frederik Klöwer and Vicki Argyle

The royal guards

And the prize for the busiest tourist attraction in London goes to … the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.

I took the photo below by standing on my tippy toes, waving my camera held high and clicking away in the vain hope that I’d get a photo of something interesting.

Vicki tried the same approach, but had a lot more luck than I did!

Shoulder surgery

I’m having a Bankart repair done on my shoulder on Monday. Below are some photos of my shoulder. Uunfortunately you can’t see much damage as it’s the soft tissue which needs repaired. My shoulder pops out of the socket on a regular basis ever since I was body checked in a non-contact ice hockey game. I even managed to dislocate it picking up a bottle of coke the other day!

Here is a video explaining the type of surgical procedure I’ll probably be getting.

Brighton sunset

I travelled to Brighton in Southern England to visit my friend Kerry Perkins. There were lots of lobster coloured people on the beach, er stones. Nice place, but I’d recommend avoiding the fish ‘n’ chips, they’re a little nasty. Below is a nice photo taken from the Brighton pier at sunset.

After hanging out in Brighton, Kerry and I headed north to see London on skates :)