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Cambridge 2007

Cambridge, May 2007

Back from a five-day-trip to Cambridge, UK. Visited a close friend of mine who writes his PhD there, lots of fun, some pictures available here.

I haven’t been to the UK for the past ten years, so it was quite a culture shock – mostly positive. First of all, people seem to be much friendlier (at least in Cambridge), say “sorry” for everything, and are really, really cautious. My friend’s apartment is plastered with fire advisory cards, the college didn’t want him to have a couch because it could catch fire, and before leaving you get to read advices to lock all windows, doors and generally be aware of burglars. There’s nothing wrong with all that, it’s just funny since criminality (as well as fires) seems to be almost non-existent there.

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Maxima 2007

Maxima2007

Back from a sailing trip in the Dutch Wadden Sea. We had many sunny days and enough wind for serious sailing (although it usually came from the direction we were headed to). The Maxima‘s owner and skipper, Olav, is a very passionate sailor and an incredibly calm and kind guy (very much in contrast to last year’s skipper.) We rarely used the engine, almost exclusively for getting in and out of harbours, and got almost everywhere we wanted to “under sails”. On our most active day, the GPS showed 54 tacks. That meant a lot of pulling ropes and turning gears, and in the evening we were tired but happy. The ship is very fast for its class, it got up to about 4-5 knots under most conditions and peaked at about 8-8.5 knots. We outran most other ships (although few were crazy enough to sail in the first half of April), much to the delight of Olav. Regarding our group of people, everyone was determined to “make it work” somehow. Apart from some minor struggles, it worked out surprisingly well. Perhaps I’ll post or link to some photos soon…

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Merry Christmas!

img_2182_thumb.jpgI’m off to Kaisersdorf, Burgenland, a small rural village about 90 kilometers from Vienna, to celebrate christmas with my family (my parents and my brother). No internet, no phone calls, and no PCs. Just books, food and wine. Paradise!

I’ve also taken the rest of next week off, a badly needed vacation. A merry christmas to everyone!

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Back from Vacation

12 days of sailing on the Baltic Sea between Germany and Denmark with 20 wonderful people… it’s been a great time. Spent a lot of time reading, playing games and football, and just hanging around without too much to care for. Except occasionally cooking and doing the dishes for 23 people.

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