beyond dubrovnik: visiting split

Because I’m taking several trips out of the country while I’m here–to Bergen, Norway in mid April, to Paris at the end of April, and to Italy at the end of May–I wasn’t expecting to have a lot of time to explore Croatia beyond Dubrovnik while I’m here. But because this is a long weekend …

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destruction, decay, design, delight

Before I arrived in Dubrovnik, I read about the abandoned Hotel Belvedere on my colleague Ed Holden’s blog, and I’ve been waiting for a good opportunity to explore it myself. Saturday was the day, and I coaxed my friend Sebastian out of his dissertation-writing cave to come explore with me. The hotel was built in …

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in/stability

I climbed Mt Srđ for the second time yesterday. (And no, that image up above is not Srđ, it’s Rainier. Still relevant to the post.) On my first trip up, three weeks ago, it was relatively warm but deserted–the cable car was undergoing annual maintenance, so only those willing to hike the trail (or drive …

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dubrovnik through prufrock

For I have known them all already, known them all: Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons, I have measured out my life with coffee spoons…     And indeed there will be time To wonder, “Do I dare?” and, “Do I dare?” Time to turn back and descend the stair   Shall I say, I …

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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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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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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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