I’m going back to Dubrovnik!

I received word last night that my application to return to Dubrovnik as a Fulbright Scholar in the spring of 2015 was approved! I’ve not been talking about it much, because I really didn’t know what the chances were of my receiving that kind of support, and I’m still a bit overwhelmed by the good …

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adio, acmt!

It’s hard to believe that the quarter has ended. I submitted my grades online this week, as per RIT’s usual process. Usually, that’s the moment where I can celebrate the discharge of my responsibilities for the quarter. (Well, except for handling the complaints after the fact.) But here in Dubrovnik, where our campus gives both …

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anticipating italy: the joy of trip planning

This morning I’m sitting on my balcony, sipping coffee and browsing AirBnB listings for various cities in Italy. Rome, Florence, and Venice are all on our “definite” list, but we’re considering a night somewhere in Tuscany between Rome and Florence–maybe Pisa, maybe Cinque Terre, maybe Volterre. Alex is mostly uninterested in the pre-trip planning process, …

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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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one month out!

Things are starting to come together for the trip. Our tickets have been booked (USAirways rather than Lufthansa, because it was $400 cheaper; I can suffer through a day of USAirways travel for that kind of cost differential). Various travel accessories have been deposited on my porch by Amazon (lightweight carryon, dual-voltage hairdryer, electrical plug …

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planning for packing

In addition to looking for a camera that won’t weigh me down on the trip, I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at suitcases. European planes have slightly smaller overhead compartments, and I wanted to have at least one bag that I know will fit overhead on flights there. After reading a number of …

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our dubrovnik apartment

Because Rochester-based faculty rotate in and out of Dubrovnik every quarter to teach at ACMT, RIT maintains relationships with a number of landlords in Dubrovnik who have fully-furnished apartments. (They also give us a housing allowance that should cover most of the cost of rent and utilities.) When the details of my spring assignment had …

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