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    Gliwice stay is getting pleasant

    27th October 2006

    Since the 16th of October I am on bioinformatics training in Gliwice, Poland, at the Comprehensive Cancer Centre Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Institute, Gliwice branch. I am training in microarrays data analysis, with focus on R + BioConductor usage for analysis.

    I am already more-or-less comfortable with Polish – though understanding is still a much easier task than expressing own thoughts, thus most commonly I address colleagues in English, and perceive responses in Polish :)

    Here there is an excellent lunch location – Bar U Piotra (“At the Peter’s”). For 6.5 PLN (roughly 2.2 USD or 10.4 UAH) you get soup, meat with some garnish, and – not always – some salad. However, 6.5 PLN is a special price, available only if you buy at least 7 (or 10?) meals ahead. Food is simple but tastes like home-cooked, and helpings size is well sufficient for me – which means “more than sufficient” for an average person.

    I still cannot get used to other people coming to work at 8 a.m., but the idea of leaving at 4 p.m. adds a kernel of good sense to the early-rising idea.

    Generally, Gliwice is not a bad place to stay, at least for up to 2-3 months. Autumn here is beautiful – see my gallery for some samples of what is looks like here at the end of October.


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