Labuitje Lab-retreat with
Antimicrobial Discovery Center (ADC).
As every year, summer is the time for
a semi-annual summary meeting of the ADC.
After a big discussion when and where
should we go, the decision was made and on Thursday morning, the 9th
of July, we went towards Stockbridge, MA. Our accommodation place was The Red Lion Inn. It is a very old Inn, dating from around 1773. I had the feeling
that I was in an antique shop or in a place from a different era. It
was interesting to be there. The beds were on the height of
~1 meter; a bit difficult to get on with a big belly .
During the lab-retreat everybody was
giving a short presentation with a summary what was done in the last
half a year and what are the goals are for the future. On Thursday the "Persisters" and the "Unculturables" (two of the subgroups in the lab) were presenting.
After an efficient
discussion, we went for a well-deserved dinner at the famous Red Lion Inn
Restaurant. Mniam, it was a great food! I ate a lot. Poor Miska had
not so much space in my belly later on. However, she should not
complain since later we went swimming so hopefully some calories were
burnt. The evening/night we spent integrating near or in the pool.
Relaxing by the pool
The next day, my subgroup Drug
Discovery - was presenting. After checking out, we went for lunch in
the middle of nowhere at Bombay Grill in Lee, MA. Luckily the food was not spicy so I
could eat everything! After a siesta near the pool with a banjo concert by Heather, we went for the recreational part of our
trip kajaking on the Goose Pond.
Danka presenting her work and vision
We got all kinds of different equipment single kayaks , doubles and canoes. Of course I was
tempted to opt for a single kajak. After checking if I could still manage to
get in and out of it I decided to take it! It was great to be on the
water. The big belly was comfortable and Miska also enjoyed the
movement of the waves.
Danka (in XXL life vest) and Gabriele
The majority of the group went towards a second lake but not me. I was assisting the rescue of Gabriele
who got crashed by Larrys canoe. Since we were at the end of the
group nobody noticed Gabriele swimming, so the rescue team consisted
of a pregnant woman and a trained seawater rescuer Laura. She
really knew what to do!
Gabriele tries to get back in the kayak
Gabriele almost managed to get back to the
kayak but he flipped over again. This time the kayak got too much
water and we needed to paddle to the nearest shore together with Tobi
who joined our rescue team. Later we did some paddling but not so
much since it was hot and the rest of the group was already on the
Lewis lab at Goose Pond
It was a very nice day. However I need to say that the
amount of energy in my body is getting limited, or maybe used by my small
Did somebody say "small belly?"
Shortly after coming back there was another ADC event. I was surprised that almost everybody wanted to join a barbecue at Iris' place so soon after the retreat. But it turns out they had a surprise for the pregnant girls (me and Yanxia), in the blue dress on the picture); an improvised baby-shower. Here in the US you get gifts prior to the birth of your child and we got a giftcard!
Laura (left) masterminded everything
The weather was great, and many people brought their partner, children and/or doggy too, so it was very gezellig!