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off to Osaka

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2019 by xi'an

Today, I am off to Japan to visit Kengo Kamatani at Osaka University (where I will give a seminar on Tuesday) for a week and then for two weeks of vacation hiking the Kumano Kodō, a network of ancient pilgrimage routes in the Kii peninsula, south of Osaka. (Presumably with little access to the Internet or even to my laptop!)

Les Coquelicots

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2019 by xi'an

beach walk in the fog [jatp]

Posted in pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2018 by xi'an

Tofino from the air [jatp]

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2018 by xi'an

Glenshee [jatp]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2018 by xi'an

art brut [jatp]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , , on October 28, 2017 by xi'an

at the foot of Monte Rosa

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Travel, Wines with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2017 by xi'an

After last-year failed attempt at climbing a summit in the Monte Rosa group, we came back for hiking on the “other side” of Monte Rosa, at the Italian foot of Dufourspitze with less ambitious plans of hiking around this fantastic range. Alas the weather got set against us and thunderstorms followed one another, making altitude hikes unreasonable because of the fresh snow and frequent fog, and lower altitude walks definitely unpleasant, turning the trails into creeks.

While we had many nice chats with local people in a mixture of French and Italian, and sampled local cheese and beers, this still felt like a bit of a wasted vacations week, especially when remembering how reasonable the weather had been the week before in Scotland. However, all things considered, the previous week had seen a deadly heat wave cross the south of Europe that very week, so I should not be complaining about rain and snow! And running a whole week checking the altimeter instead of the chronometer is a nice experience.