I’ve now posted pictures from our honeymoon; they’re at the wedding link in the previous post.
A few days ago, my right ankle got a mild sprain, and I made the mistake of trying to ignore it. It got a lot worse. Consequently, in the middle of my honeymoon, I’m stuck in a hotel with my foot propped on a chair and wrapped in an Ace bandage.
The upside is that it gave me time to post two sets of pictures:
Here are some pictures of the Apache Trail in Arizona, taken a couple days before the SBP08 workshop:
It’s 22 miles of narrow and twisty dirt road, parts of which are just a single lane. RVs aren’t allowed to drive on it, because they would have trouble with the curves.
I finally got around to posting eight photo albums from the past six months or so:
When Lise and I lived in Trento last year, we were very fortunate that our apartment was on the edge of the city’s historic district. The area was quite picturesque, there were no cars and no big chain stores, and most of the shops and restaurants we frequented were within easy walking distance. Clearly many others also liked that part of town, because around 7pm each evening, people tended to gather there to stroll around before going to dinner.
According to a recent article in the German magazine Der Spiegel, Italy has a “slow city” movement that advocates having cities set up that way. Here’s the article’s teaser:
Supporters of Italy’s “Slow City” movement are trying to develop liveable cities, banning cars from city centers and blocking McDonald’s branches and supermarkets. The movement is spreading across Europe and is now taking off in Asia.
– Stephan Orth, Taking Life Easy in Urban Italy, Spiegel Online, October 5, 2007.
I recently gave two talks in Israel: a keynote talk at the 2007 BISFAI conference, and a colloquium talk at the University of Haifa. Lise came with me.
Here are some photos from the trip:
Here are some photos from my recent trip to Hong Kong and Guangzhou:
The trip was arranged by Professor Qiang Yang, one of my former PhD students. I gave a colloquium talk at his university in Hong Kong; and also at a university in Guangzhou where another professor, Jiang Yunfei, is translating my book into Chinese!
As we prepare to return to the US, Lise and I are thinking about what things we will and won’t miss about life in Trento. One thing we’ll miss a lot is Giancarlo Guarino’s chamber orchestra, Ensemble Zandonai. They’re the best chamber group I’ve ever heard, and one of the best classical groups of any kind that I’ve ever heard. And amazingly, their concerts are free.