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Greetings from St. John’s, Newfoundland, the eastern-most city in Canada. I’ve been here since Sunday, but I haven’t had a chance to write a post at all. The trip has already been full of interests: had fun conversations with an urban planner on my way in and we ended up splitting a cab downtown, met an aspiring-ethnomusicologist who was working the booth of a boat tour, briefly met a librarian working in Ottawa over breakfast at my B&B, and walked until I had no more legs. While here I also had a call with my second reader who gave me her feedback on my thesis, and I should be receiving a written report from my external any time this week now.

Today was the official start of the conference, and there are some very colourful people around in all sense of the word. It’s fascinating to me to see the way scholars from different parts of the world present their work, and their approaches to music research from a variety of perspectives. The folks at MUN have also done a great job organizing everything. Aside from things they can’t control like last minute cancellations of paper presentations and the drizzly weather, they seem to taking care of the 500 attendees (from 55 countries!) very well.

I’ll write up more thoughts later. Time to put those last minute touches on my presentation tomorrow. Wish me luck!

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