While traveling around the world for research and conferences and workshops is pretty cool, the life of a scientist is not glamorous. Do you hate that you work in a cubicle? At least you got a desk! Most scientists are lucky to get their own desk space.
Take for instance the work area here in Hong Kong. On the left, above, is the desk space for nine people. Hopefully the person sitting behind you isn't too fat or you will be crammed against your desk, flat as a pancake! On the right, above, is the actual lab space. On this one bench, someone might be growing bacteria, next to someone else who is making some acid, next to someone that has just walked in the door (on the way to their "desk") with a cup of coffee. In science, space is money and everyone fights for their own little piece.