walking the walls

Today I spent the morning doing not-very-enjoyable committee work. While I worked, I also baked my first batch of muffins–using the baking powder that my colleague Mike brought me. Alex ate 3.5 of them, (I got 1.5, Sebastian got 1), so I’m considering the experiment a success. I need to tweak the recipe a bit …

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settling in

Today is the first day that I managed to walk to ACMT (in the morning) and the Old Town (in the evening) without having to check Google Maps to see if I was headed the right direction. I think that means I’m settling in. Last night, my friend Erhardt noted that my Google Chat status …

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the expats come marching in

I arrived earlier than most of the RIT faculty teaching this quarter, because I wanted time to settle in before classes started. But the Rochesterians are starting to arrive this week, and it’s fun to see a community starting to emerge. This morning I went to ACMT start settling into my office, which I’ll be …

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because it’s there

I’ve had quite a day today–nearly all of it wonderful. I’m exhausted, though, so this won’t be as long a post as it might otherwise be. (My Fitbit, which won’t last much longer since I forgot to bring the charger, says I walked just under 20K steps, nearly 8 miles, and climbed the equivalent of …

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sunday, stormy sunday

Today there was rain–lots and lots of rain. And thunder, and lightning (though not so very very frightening). So I spent the day inside, nesting. The kitchen has been organized, the first pot of coffee has been made, my favorite candleholder is on the table. Gordana (my landlady) stopped by after lunch with some cleaning …

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first impressions

I seem to have escaped jetlag thus far; I fell asleep last night around 9 or 10pm local time, and was awake at 7. Had a glass of Coke Zero (no diet coke to be found here, it seems), and a delicious croissant with marmalade filling, and then tackled figuring out the bathroom. It’s a …

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the lawleys have landed!

Alex and I left Rochester at 11:30 on Thursday morning, and arrived here in Dubrovnik at 12:30pm on Friday (6:30am in back-home time). Everything went as smoothly as we could have hoped–no overweight or lost luggage, no problems with tickets or seats or customs or immigration, no difficult seatmates. I even managed to sleep for …

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staying in touch while we’re away

I’ve been trying to sort out the best options for communicating with people while I’m away. It doesn’t make sense for me to pay AT&T’s non-trivial cost for phone and data while overseas, especially since I can get a pay-as-you-go phone+data plan inexpensively in Dubrovnik, but my iPhone5 is new and thus locked to AT&T. …

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T-19 days and counting…

There really aren’t a huge number of things I need to do before we go, but that’s not stopping me from panicking a bit as the date grows closer! Last week I had a lovely lunch with my colleague Ed Holden (who blogged about his time in Dubrovnik on Travels of Ed), and asked about …

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