From Heidelberg I went straight to Paris for the weekend. I visited Francesca, my former Italian roommate at Yale, who just moved to Paris for her PhD in biology at the reputable Institut Pasteur. I was shocked to hear that just two weeks ago a post-doc at this institute completely cracked, and went berserk in the lab. In his frenzy, he ruined several mice experiments, and even burnt 600 lab mice! I guess that’s how crazy the pressure in science can get. You get a career or you fail in life, that’s the mentality. Anyways, the weekend was lovely and I got to see Paris again from a stress-free point of view. Especially in Paris it’s so much more relaxed when you’ve seen all the major sights and can focus on the more enjoyable sides of the city. Clearly, I’m talking about the boulangeries here, which are kind of the independent coffee shops of Paris. Croissants, baguettes and macarones, je vous aime!