I am once again interrupting my Habsburg travels to give you an update of what’s happening here in Seattle.  Yesterday marked the first full day of the next stage of my academic career.  It was the first day of class — and my first day as a teaching assistant.  In the afternoon, I met with my dissertation adviser to develop a plan for starting to work my way through all the materials I collected in Lithuania and, most importantly, to start writing my dissertation.

I am excited about this new stage and looking forward to teaching and writing over the next nine months.  But I am also already thinking about returning to Lithuania.   One of my major projects for this month is to submit funding applications for next year, including a few fellowships that would enable be to go back to Lithuania.  It will be a busy month as I dive into life as a teaching assistant and dissertator (yes, that is a real word!) and beginning planning for the next, next stage!

There are several more posts about my trip — keep reading through the weekend to find out more about my adventures in Hungary…