May 13 09
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After eight years at my current job, I’m moving to a new one this year (I’ll still be at the old one 20% for a while). Sometimes things just work out well, and this year I was lucky enough to be invited to an invitation-only workshop in Barbados, which, coincidentally, was scheduled for my last full-time week at my old job – what better way to spend my last week than at a workshop next to a tropical beach!

The workshop was designed with presentations in the morning and evening, but free time from 1-6pm, and was less than 50m from a beach with a nice shallow reef to snorkel on. Needless to say, everyone spent a lot of time in the water. The place wasn’t luxurious (no air conditioning in the shared rooms), but was set around a garden, with flowering trees, lizards and birds, and frogs singing and bats flying around after dark.

A Barbados Anole lizard.

A Barbados Anole lizard.

A Lesser Antillean Whistling Frog. Also known as the rum alarm since it seemed to start calling just when the rum got brought out.

A Lesser Antillean Whistling Frog. Also known as the rum alarm since it seemed to start calling just when the rum got brought out.

A small group of us also did some diving while we were there. The water was lovely and warm – 25 celcius at the surface, and the reef looked surprisingly healthy. We saw the usual tropical fish, lots of lobsters and crabs, and on night snorkels a couple of us caught sight of “The Thing”, a 4m long nocturnal segmented worm (no pictures of that, it hid again far too quickly when I shone a light on it).

The healthy-looking reef.

The healthy-looking reef.

A cute Burrfish checking us out!

A cute Burrfish checking us out!

A spotted Moray.

A spotted Moray.


The workshop was great, with a really interesting group of people, and lots of good talks. The location was great as well – a perfect way to celebrate my new job!

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