Two hundred

From today, I wanted to give myself a new challenge. Two hundred words a day. Every day. Writing is part of how I make a living. An essential part of life as an academic. However, sometimes work activities just carry you away from this important aspect of the job. Teaching, supervision of graduate students, carryingContinue reading “Two hundred”

We saw the birth of a hurricane!

The past few days just flew by. Poof. Gone! After our slightly disappointing encounter with Mahahual, we went further south, to Bacalar, and later Chetumal. In Chetumal we hopped on the ferry to San Pedro. Of course we had la Isla Bonita high on our list of things to do in Central America. Nope, justContinue reading “We saw the birth of a hurricane!”

I don’t like cruise ships

After we left Playa del Carmen a few days ago, we spent two days in Tulum, a smallish town a bit off the coast, with nice beaches a short bike ride away. Tulum town itself is nothing too special, although we found quite some interesting looking local restaurants and taquerias off the main road, whichContinue reading “I don’t like cruise ships”

Quintana Roo

Quintana Roo. What a great name for a province. It reminds me of the hopping kind of marsupial that has very little to do with the Yucatan peninsula, the actual destination of this trip… We had another greatly delayed flight by United Airlines… (They had to replace tyres and brakes of our plane, a veryContinue reading “Quintana Roo”

Crocodile Hunting in City Park

**** TL;DR: There are pictures all the way at the bottom 🙂 **** It is crazy how time flies. It seems like just yesterday that I was in Italy for work, but here I am, four weeks later, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Again for work. I arrived here in the middle of the night twoContinue reading “Crocodile Hunting in City Park”

It all happened while I was on the plane!

So… Yeah. The first conference I attended this summer has ended. As you may remember from my previous posts here and here, I went to Italy last week. Ten days, alone, which, for me, was very VERY exciting. After a scarring terrible experience a few years ago in Malaysia, I felt very bad about going solo again. IContinue reading “It all happened while I was on the plane!”

Italian espresso and posters

Next Thursday I’m leaving for a conference in Naples, Italy. Well, actually I’m visiting Rome first. Rome. A first. I feel like an idiot for never having been to Rome before. Before October last year I had never even been to Italy, even. Now, this summer, Italy will be the host country for the EuropeanContinue reading “Italian espresso and posters”

Veggie plots and zucchinis

Vegetable season has begun!! I have always been a gardening guy. When I was a young kid, I had my first veg garden. It was in our house’s tiny back yard, but hey, it still was a vegetable plot!! It may have been a north-facing plot sandwiched between a 3-metre hedge and a wall, butContinue reading “Veggie plots and zucchinis”