Even though it’s already Thursday, I just uploaded my pictures from this past (long) weekend. So, instead of going into detail about what I’ve been doing, I’ll just show you!
Talk by famous physicist, Roger Penrose.
One of the best talks I’ve ever seen about his latest theory on “Seeing through the Big Bang into Other Universes.” He used hand-drawn overhead slides, and gave no equations or proof, but it was absolutely fascinating. Apprx 700 people in the audience.
Biking home in the pouring rain, stop at AMAZING (and cheap!) Greek restaurant:
Marissa is an American PhD student studying astronomy in Leiden. She does some work with UNAWE, and we met her on Wednesday. Since then, she has been kind enough to take Stephanie and me under her wing, introducing us to people, taking us out, and so on. It’s been great!
The weekly Market! I got a ton of fresh groceries, and it was also great exploring and moving through the (very tall) Dutch crowds. The market also happens on Wednesdays, and Stephanie and I have made it a habit to take our lunch break there to get freshly made stroopwafels.
To dodge the rain, we also stopped at a pannekoeken restaurant. This is what we got:
Apple cinnamon delight! They also had savory ones, which I plan on trying on our next visit.
SUNDAY: A lot of sleeping, and then exploring in the evening with a new friend from Ultimate. I didn’t take any of my own pictures, but this is one of the places we stopped:
This hill-top castle gave a great view of all of Leiden.
Monday was a “Bank Holiday,” so we worked from home and a great coffee shop (that sells HUGE mugs of coffee) instead of going into the office. In the afternoon, Stephanie arranged for us to go kayaking through the University kayaking club. This is us with our guides:
Left to right: Fabian, Oskar, and Justin. Plus Stephanie and me in the front!
It’s 30 euro to have a membership, and I’m thinking more and more about doing it. Since kayaking would be Mondays and Wednesdays, and Ulitmate is Tuesdays and Thursdays, it would work out quite nicely. Another great way to be active and explore the city!
More real updates to come, but honestly, I am feeling a little frustrated by blogging on this site. When I’ve done this before, it’s been much easier to upload photos, etc. As it is now, it’s taken me far to long to write this post. Maybe WordPress isn’t the right blog host for you, Haverford, my dear…