I am … here.
his was written at the beginning of my current trip. Obvi. But then I didn’t have internet. Went ahead and posted late regardless. I also drew the map myself. I am good at drawing.
So. Here’s the deal. I’m not going to be in the country until the day after Thanksgiving.
Basically, I have a meeting in Italy, well, this week (11 – 14 Oct) and a conference in Ireland 18 – 20 November. Amy decided to come with me to Italy, and we’d explore for 10 days after my meeting was over. That left three weeks (and a half, ok fine) between Italy and my conference in Dublin, so I decided to attempt to stay in Europe. Because it would be awesome.
In so doing, I was also invited to give a lecture at a university in the Netherlands, and offered an office there for some of the time. Adding “invited lecturer” to resume is also awesome. So.
On Friday, I returned from Aruba at 10:30pm (this was a vacation planned far in advance of Europe… sweartogod).
On Saturday, 9 October, I did laundry, repacked and departed the US of A that evening. Flew to Dublin. Flew to Rome. Took a bus. Took a train. Attempted to take a ferry.
That last part didn’t happen. But assuming everything else goes mostly according to plan…
I will be in Italy until 23 October. After my meeting, we’ll tour Pompeii, Florence, Chianti, and Rome.
I then take a train to Switzerland for a brief stop (1.5 days). Fly to Amsterdam. Train to the university where I’ll be working.
Give a talk on 2 November.
Hi-speed train to Paris (wahoo! fast train!) on 3 November, where I’ll meet Simone that afternoon.
Then it’s the Whirlwind Tour of France with Simone by Car: Paris-Normandy-Verdun-Alsace-Marseilles-Bordeuax-Paris.
Leave Paris by chunnel (yay! Why I am looking forward to that, no idea. Just to say I did it?) for London. Meet English Nicole in London for a couple days.
On 17 November, fly to Dublin. Conference 18 – 20 November.
End my Grand Tour of Europe by traveling Ireland by car.
Return to the states on 26 November… tired… jet-lagged…
….ooo are those concert tickets???
In the meantime, I will try to update whenever I can. I also have some blogs already written that I will post while I am away – so please check back!