June 20, 2005

Alles hat ein Ende

Ok, that last entry was short and not-particularly-sweet! But I don't really think Marseille is such a great place.. it has a bit of an old town and a couple of nice buildings, but otherwise it's a bit smelly and a right bugger to drive around. Especially when the symbol for a one-way street on our map was a tiny (dare I say invisible) red arrow. Nonetheless, our innate sense of survival eventually got us to the university after around 7 hours of driving.. :-S

Anyway, the uni itself lies on the outskirts in Luminy. Beautiful scenery, cliffs, mountains and bays. The week itself was great – attending so many maths lectures didn't affect also having a fantastic time! Jordi has all the photos from the week in his Marseille gallery

My only whinge is that the French insist on including cheese somewhere in every dish. (For those of you that don't know, there are two things in this world that I don't like to eat.. cheese and anything that comes out of the sea*.) Still, I usually managed to pass it on to someone. Most of my uneaten food when to Jørn who happily ate a four-and-a-half course meal, or Dennis Sullivan.. my mathematical grandad. (I don't know if this happens in other circles of life, but mathematicians seem to label the PhD student-adviser relationship in family terms. I.e. Dennis was my supervisor's supervisor…)

[* For those that do know, there are actually many many other things that I also don't eat..!]

Now it's back to the same old grindstone. I was sad to leave after such a nice week, with such a fun – on the whole ;-) – group of people, but I'm surviving. Actually, after a week of waking up at the unnaturally early time of 8.30am, my body still hasn't gone back to normal and so this morning I was at uni before 10 and actually getting a reasonable amount of work done on my PhD. Even I was quite surprised. I think the conference had some subconscious effect on me.. let's just hope it lasts :-) I rewarded myself for my efforts by buying a couple of t-shirts and some "pirate" trousers as they call them here.. all to survive in the 35 or so degrees we're getting :-s

Well, that's life right now give or take. No big plans yet for this week, though Thursday night should be crazy.. Sant Joan – the patron saint of firecrackers as far as I can understand! Will keep you all posted.

'Til soon!

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