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Bobby Kwan, ScM

๐Ÿงช Johns Hopkins Biochemistry PhD Student ๐Ÿž | ๐Ÿฅ | โœˆ๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ Baltimore, MD (Home) ๐Ÿ”œ TBD

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Excuse the brief hiatus, been busy with writing my thesis proposal and doing startup stuff. Anyway, I went back to Moraine Lake again when I was in Banff and it was just as magnificent as the first time when I went a year ago. I very much plan on going back to the lake for a third visit when I return to Jasper next summer ๐Ÿž
Here it is guys, Spirit Island, the meat and potatoes of my Jasper trip! I got there via the last ferry of the day so we had the whole island to ourselves. It was mostly cloudy but we got momentary slivers of direct sunlight that lasted 3-5 seconds each time, and I was fortunate enough to get a few good shots with the sunlight hitting the cluster of evergreens on the island ๐Ÿž
The two methods of reaching Spirit Island were either traversing 20km on a canoe followed by camping overnight, or a $120 ferry ride. I went with the ferry ride but next time I come back to Jasper, Iโ€™ll be going the canoe/camping route ๐Ÿž
When stuck with stifling amounts of tourist crowds at a lake lookout, just jump the railing and find your own free space (I donโ€™t fuck with railings that have signs that indicate risk of falling tho) ๐Ÿž
Iโ€™ve only been home for 3 weeks and it feels like my Jasper trip happened ages ago after I got sucked back into the whirlwind of academia, I miss my Rocky Mountain fam @alexandriaoggie @caitlinp31 ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Jasper National Park.. 1 person, 14 days, 2000 miles (3200km) driven, innumerable changes in elevation, and countless new experiences and sights.. Thereโ€™s so many benefits to solo travel, but there are downsides; like doing all the driving by yourself (which was daunting but the views of nature along the way made up for it) ๐Ÿž
Hope you guys will appreciate the (temporary) shift in content vibe from green to blue, lakes and waterfalls and rivers were a big feature of my time in Jasper ๐Ÿž
Would much rather be in Jasper rn instead of writing this PhD thesis proposal, which is essentially me convincing faculty that my thesis project is worthwhile, which I guess wonโ€™t require a ton of convincing since everyone knows malaria is bad (coming up with experiments that will discover something new about the biochemistry of the parasite is the hard part) ๐Ÿ’‰
Sometimes itโ€™s worth venturing deeper into a trail beyond the main attractions because you sometimes find views like this. Even better is that you usually have the view to yourself because the troves of tourists wouldnโ€™t deviate further from the main attractions ๐Ÿž
Since I spent last summer in Banff and now Jasper this year, I think itโ€™ll be easy for me to continue this trend next summer with BC (plus Jasper again cuz thereโ€™s so much I didnโ€™t get to see) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Before I go into the cool landscape Iโ€™ve seen, I just wanna say that solo travel is the most gratifying when you make friends along the way. The Canadians know how to have a good time! I feel like this summer-trip-to-Canada streak Iโ€™ve been on will be continuing in the coming summers ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Alrighty guys we are at T-minus 2 weeks until I fly out to Jasper! Any recommendations or suggestions for destinations are welcome. This will prob be my last post before I start posting photos from Jasper, this oneโ€™s from my favorite hike during my PNW trip! ๐ŸŒฟ
Itโ€™s been 3 weeks since my last post! Haha oops. My trip to Jasper is only 1 month away, so Iโ€™ll be back to my regularly-scheduled posting after that. In the meantime, it seems you guys really love Kevin! Heโ€™s gathered quite the fanbase across my social media accounts, and if more of him is what you want to see, more of him you shall receive (stay tuned for upcoming Stories) ๐ŸŒฑ
Yo guys guess what? I just booked my flights to Jasper National Park (Canada) for 2 weeks in late August!! Gonna be trading moody and foggy forests for some giant mountains and sweeping green valleys and vistas ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿž
So yeahhhhhh excuse the lack of posts lately, Iโ€™ve just been preoccupied with life and responsibilities. Crystallizing proteins, training interns, growing my startup, spending my weekends on the boat.. I have no complaints tho, life is pretty good right about now! ๐ŸŒฟ
Benefit of hiking in the winter: almost no tourists around to bother you ๐ŸŒฒ
Itโ€™s p nice to actually be laid-back when youโ€™re at work, like I greet professors with โ€œhey whats upโ€, I refer to everyone in the department by first name (even Nobel Prize winner Peter (Agre)), and I have seen most dept faculty in some state of tipsy/drunk.. grad school is wild ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ
Just submitted a grant assignment for one of my classes and man am I glad Iโ€™m going into business after graduation because I cannot see myself writing grant applications for the rest of my life (praying 4 my academia friends).. good thing my PhD is fully funded and all I gotta do is just stay alive and do labwork, ainโ€™t got no time to stress about looking for funding ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ
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