I am on my way to Coventry from Edinburgh in one of Virgin expensive trains. However, since they charge £4 an hour of Internet, I will not be able to post this till I am at the University of Warwick. I am attending a Winter School organised by Miles Reid and Tim Logvinenko on the McKay correspondence. A big lot of us are going from Edinburgh: Vanya, Dima Sakovics, Michael Wemyss and myself. Ciaran was going to come but he chickened out in the last minute about his upcoming viva. Fair enough. Continue reading
On Saturday we went back to Szczecin to take the train to Berlin. It is really cheap to travel there in a group of 5. For a 2.5 hours ride we paid 6 euros each! I spent the evening with an old friend from Madrid and I could meet Sanja that night. We had been 3 days in Berlin, completely mathematics-free, which is something I really needed after a whole year with no holidays, apart from a few days on Christmas. I got really inspired by Berlin. Art is everywhere. History is everywhere. Cheap food is everywhere. If it wasn’t because the main language spoken there is German, I would not mind living there. One of the places that impressed me the most was Kater Holzig, an amazing club which resembles a ship.
Lukecin is a really small town. According to Wikipedia it has 120 inhabitants but I think almost all of them must live underground because one hardly ever sees someone in the streets. I felt very isolated the whole day unable even to ask the receptionist if I could have dinner in the pension (the town was deserted and I had eaten nothing since the previous night). In the early evening two French men arrived and they could talk to her in German. I nearly hugged them when they told me that I could actually have dinner. The two French men turned out to be the lecturers, Michel Brion and Nicolas Ressayre. Part of my confusion about dinner was due to the fact than in Eastern Europe breakfast and dinner look pretty much the same: some pork salami, tomato and bread with butter, maybe a small appetizer, jam and tea. I was messed-up with my sleep and anyways there was little to do in Lukecin (the only bar closed at 7pm) so I went to sleep at 9pm. I woke up when my roommate arrived. A very funny Argentinian student called Javier. Of all the Spanish-speaking cultures, I find the Argentinian the funnier, with a very measured sarcastic humour. We were laughing till nearly midnight. I also got sick. Apparently tap water in Poland is not drinkable! Continue reading
No, I don’t mean Castelnuovo’s work is not relevant 😉
Last post happen longer than 2 weeks ago. Since then I have left Trento, had a crazy 20 hours trip to Poland where I attended a school in Geometric Invariant Theory, visited Berlin and arrived to Rijeka (Fiume) in Croatia. The principal reason for this is the lack of Internet and a bit my lack of will. In the next few days will try to post a few summary posts with those things which impressed me the most. I will start with the last days in Trento. Continue reading
Well, so a new trip begins, and this is a long one, not only time-wise but spacetime-wise. I left Edinburgh on Saturday the 10th of September and I expect to be back by the 8th of October or so.
The original plan is:
- 9th of September: Bologna.
- 10th-17th of September: Tropical and Toric Geometry in Trento.
- 17th of September: Cross-Europe trip: Train or bus to Bergamo, Flight to Poznan. Train to Szczecin. Bus to Lukecin. This should take the whole night.
- 18th-24th of September. Geometric Invariant Theory: Old and New in Lukecin.
- 24th-28th: Holidays start wow! Train to Berlin. Stay there for 4 days.
- 28th-8th: Flight to Venice, Train to Trieste. Bus to Rijeka. Enjoy north-croatian Autumn rain 😀 Continue reading
My laziness (or maybe the fact that I was doing more interesting things) stopped me from finishing last trip notes. The trip to Hartford was not bad at all, just rainy, like a Scottish mid-summer day. The day after we spent it talking and made a short trip when the hurricane (which was then was already a tropical storm) had passed by. It was nice to see old friends. Continue reading