From 1 June to 31 August, 2017 I travelled with my wife and son to Bonn, Germany to conduct PhD research with senior Old Testament scholar Udo Rüterswörden at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. The trip was made financially possible in part because of several generous bodies including St. John’s College. This trip was incredibly valuable for me especially because it came at a critical point in my research: the end of my first year in the PhD. At the beginning of the summer I had only general interests and vague concepts regarding the theme and structure of my research project. Having the pleasure of collaborating with a scholar who approaches the study of the Old Testament in a drastically different manner than my own supervisor at Durham forced me to more narrowly define my research goals. In this respect, the trip to Bonn was a success. In addition to this, however, there were several added benefits to this research trip. First, having the opportunity to discuss my theme and project with a scholar whose research interests and context, are different than my own has enabled me to understand the potential challenges that my research will face from the sphere of global research. Taking these challenges into account has enabled me to see ways to improve my research and make it truly world-class. Secondly, conducting my research in the German context has understandably deepened my German language skills, which are essential to Old Testament studies. Thirdly, I was able to attend an international conference for biblical studies that took place in Berlin in August. This enabled me to meet with scholars from around the world and discuss my research with them. I am very thankful for the generosity of John’s and the opportunity to conduct such a meaningful trip.