In Fall 2008, after completing an internship in the Alps and graduating from my Master degree, I took a job as a mover (!) for Rossignol (the ski brand), to be able to stick around in the Alps for a couple months and SKI. And skiing I did! I spent a few weeks in the Aravis range near Annecy, in the La Clusaz resort. I felt light, free and bad *ss. This winter the prodigal wannabe skibum returned to La Clusaz and went on a piligrimage all over the mountains.

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A couple weeks ago, lightning strikes on the Eurostar rail network turned a quick business trip to London into a proper 30-hour mini-holiday. Delightful, I say.

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No matter how I look at it, even if I summon my most positive self, this past year has been fairly unexciting. The main reason being that I have been looking for a job for that exact amount of time, after living abroad for a few years. However. I like consciously doing everything I can to generate as little regrets as possible. So there have been some good things (not in order of importance):

- Started running, and am aiming for a semi-marathon in a few months (lost 16 pounds in the process)

- Rekindled with old friends

- Spent lots of time with family

- Walked in Paris, from left to right and right to left (including trips to the museum and little restaurants)

- Read (a lot of Ken Follett and John Le Carre)

- Went on mini holidays in Bordeaux, Toulouse, Biarritz, Quiberon, Chamonix, Grenoble, Bruxelles

- Learned to cook curry and quiche lorraine

- Learned the basics of programming

- Co-author in 3 scientific reports

- Contacted by Al Gore’s staff. Twice.

- Gave my blood

- Made progress on my kids books projects

- Became very efficient and reliable at my temporary job

- Grew baby tomatoes that turned out to be yellow peppers

- Drank Mojitos with my sister

- Opened a savings account

- Herd sheep in the mountains

- Hiked a 11 500ft

- Networked and reached out a lot, new contacts include the former CEO of the WTO and World Bank analysts

- Dared to give my cell number to a tall, dark and handsome man (still looking for the right one)

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When my mum was in her 20′s, she took a trip to London with a group of friends and took these great pictures. It seems she liked uniforms as much as I do now!

I have a teeny-tiny family: there’s 3 of us. Though it has many advantages (low-stress Christmases), I can’t help but wonder what it’s like to celebrate with a large family: many conversations going on at once, long dinners with multiple guests and lots of good food.

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This is the link you follow to get involved in the Chasing Ice in Alaska Campaign! I have a spot in an expedition in Alaska that starts June 21st 2013. We’ll ski across the Juneau icefield in southeast Alaska to monitor glacier system dynamics. This expedition is great for my career, and also something I’ve been dreaming of doing for years!

Thanks for your support!

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Here’s the pitch: I plan to travel to southeast Alaska to be part of an expedition; we will travel across the Juneau icefield for scientific purposes from June 21st to August 16th 2013. The expedition is organized by the Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP), the longest continuous research study of a glacial system in the Western Hemisphere. The main mission is to contribute to understand the dynamics of glacier systems as they relate to climate by collecting data on the icefield.

This expedition is the opportunity of a lifetime for a young glaciologist, in terms of crucial technical skills learning, contact with seasoned scientists and close contact to glaciers –the subject I’ve been studying via satellite images.

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To get there, I NEED YOU!

Funding is still needed (all the details will be available on a crowd-funding webpage launched in a couple days). By contributing to this project you’ll be in a sweet spot to hear a little about the story of one of the great frozen places on earth AND I offer sweet perks

Feel free to ask questions!

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Pictures by Angus Duncan and Hannah Milne. Thanks guys

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