Five steps from the office

Another office day. Work was going great, the much anticipated paper was taking shape, the data looked beautiful.

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The channel of the Fort on our university campus, beautiful setting for an ecologist.

But one thing was not feeling right. It took me a while to define the feeling, but then I realised what it was: I was suffering from an acute case of wanderlust.

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A lot of dark office hours, not enough encounters with nature: an unhealthy situation for a mountain ecologist.

Of course, there was not much to do about it. The paper needed to be written, the office hours to be respected. No chance to take a random plane to the Andes at three in the afternoon.

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But there was one tiny solution. I could put a few steps out of the office. A quick shot of sun and nature, a small dose to ease the wanderlust and improve the writing.

So I hurried out for ten minutes, breathing in the fresh air, admiring the beauty of a sunny december day, even at no more than five steps from the office door. Ten intense minutes, six hundred amazing seconds. I am sure they will be visible in the paper.

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