Category Archives: abroad

2013 Year in Review

Last year I set myself some goals… and none of them actually happened.  I came close, but, well, life happened. The running goal was 1000 miles, but I only managed 810 (November/December total: 135 which is pretty good, considering), my … Continue reading

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The Ascent of Blackford Hill

I did not intend to climb Blackford Hill.  Or rather, I did, but it was supposed to be a minor footnote in a list of grander Corbetts, Munroes, and other great deeds during my visit to Scotland. Life, as they … Continue reading

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Trek to Utrecht

The Dutch are completely bonkers about bicycles.  You’ll look like a tourist if you don’t immediately rent one and go tearing through about town on the elaborately-designed bike lanes and street margins.  Of course, you’ll still look like a tourist, … Continue reading

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Barton Creek Wilderness

When I was first planning my work-related visit to Austin/College Station, I sent out an email to the Boulder Trail Runners email list (several thousand people) asking for suggestions on ways to occupy myself for half a day in the … Continue reading

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Messing with Texas (A&M)

College Station, TX, isn’t my first choice of places to visit, but I was invited out by an old grad school chum to give a talk and meet folks.  Long story short, it was really fun!  The department there (actually, … Continue reading

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The Italian Job

Sesto Dolomites and Venice, Italy October 7-16, 2010 When someone suggests, “Let’s all go to Venice in October and talk about astronomy,” you say “Okay!” When that person is the guy paying both your salary and airfare, you say “Perfecto!” … Continue reading

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Going Big on the Big Island

February 28th-March 7th, 2010 Last fall, I was invited to speak at the 2010 High Energy Astrophysics Division meeting about some of the work I’ve been doing with ultraviolet observations (which is apparently low-energy astrophysics). I accepted the invitation–and I … Continue reading

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