clevermynnie: (see us waving)
I had to share this photo I took last weekend in the ballet practice room in the Lyon Opera:

lyon opera ballet room
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I tried not to take too many canal photos in Amsterdam, but it was a struggle.

canal boats

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I took a lot of photos! In Scandinavia!

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sibelius monument 3
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Ever since I went to Norway last summer and completely loved it, I've really wanted to see more of Scandinavia. So today Ben and I are off on a weeklong vacation through Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki! I'm super excited; it'll be a bit different from my Norway trip since we're staying in cities rather than hiking through the backcountry, but it should be a great change of scenery.

sphere

belgium

Jun. 18th, 2013 10:56 pm
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I went to Belgium with Ben over the weekend, to hang out with some friends from grad school. If this sounds familiar, it's because we did the exact same thing last summer, just with different friends. What can I say, Belgium is a nice place to hang.

sunny high five


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I'm back from my weekend in Northern Ireland! This was supposed to be my race weekend, but shin injuries (shinjuries!) and illness took me out of the running, so instead I relaxed with friends. We had amazing weather and went on a hike up Slieve Donard, the highest mountain in Northern Ireland. And then we were tired and had a barbeque and relaxed and played card games. And I took photos!

cottage field


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I found Wales to be one of the loveliest places I've ever visited, and while I didn't take any photos during my race, I did take photos of the other places we went to. And here they are!

me in the forest


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bay area

May. 16th, 2013 06:32 pm
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Going through a bunch of miscellaneous recent photos, and this one reminded me, I would totally move back to the Bay Area. Not sure if I actually will, but man, what a nice place. (Side note: if I did move back I would probably not get to live in Coit Tower where I took this picture.)

golden gate
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So I spent the weekend with a couple friends out west, in County Clare. Originally we were going to do an academic writing retreat, and then it morphed a bit so we did some writing, but also some cooking and also some hikes. I knew we'd be near the Burren, a starkly beautiful geological area, but didn't realize until we got out there just how close we were to the Cliffs of Moher as well. So writing was nice, the time with friends was really good, and also the hikes were amazing! Here, have some photos.

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mullaghmore

madrid!

Jan. 21st, 2013 11:58 pm
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Over the weekend we went to Madrid with [livejournal.com profile] erindubitably and [livejournal.com profile] marrog! We saw a lot of the Prado and the Reina Sofia, two of the largest art museums there; I've wanted to see them ever since I realized how much good stuff was there (which occurred while I was reading Janson's over a year ago). I was a bit goal-oriented about seeing all the things, but we also had a lot of downtime having tapas, wine, and hotel room game nights, so I felt like it was a well-balanced weekend overall. Somehow I barely took any pictures and the good ones were of random buildings where we didn't spend any time, which probably indicates that fun was had.

san jerónimo el real

roof and sky


I like both traveling and friends. Life is good.

holiday

Dec. 25th, 2012 10:17 pm
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I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas! I am, because I swam in the sea!

christmas day sea swim

costumes

Nov. 8th, 2012 11:22 pm
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I never managed to get a good full-length photo of my Halloween costume, which I used several times and am convinced was the greatest ever. But here is the top part of it. I went as Beryl Markham and Ben was a flight mechanic from the same era. I have to admit I kind of want more excuses to wear costumes now.

halloween costumes
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These are pictures of the main park area, which has part of the race I did. And some of Ben and his mom and stepdad!

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causeway cliff path
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These are pictures of the main park area, which has part of the race I did. And some of Ben and his mom and stepdad!

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causeway cliff path
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Going through my Norway photos made me really want to go back! Aagh, such a great trip.

gjende approach

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Until just now, we hadn't been anywhere much west of here in Ireland, so on Friday we took the train down to Cork for the weekend. It was very fun, great food and a lot of beautiful areas.

After getting in on Friday we headed to the Franciscan Well brewpub; we can get their Friar Weisse beer here in Dublin, but they had all their beers on tap there and we really enjoyed them (a blonde, a great lager, a nice casked red and a stout). We also lucked out there with Ben snagging the last chorizo wood-fired pizza just as they were stopping production for the night. But come morning, from the beer and changing our sleep schedule around, we were both feeling a little out of it. The breakfast at the B&B we stayed at was pretty amazing, and picked up my spirits significantly. Then we met up with someone I used to work with in Philadelphia, a native Corkonian (that's really what they say) who was back in Cork for a bit before permanently emigrating to the US later this year. He drove us to Kinsale, where we walked around a beautiful old star-shaped fort, along a grey beach, and then had lunch at a pretty amazing fish place where I had a salad with salmon and some other fish in chili sauce. Unfortunately, during this time Ben was feeling worse and worse, and ended up getting a migraine and sleeping in the car for a bit. We headed back to Cork, poked around some sights and the university, and then retired to the room for a bit so that Ben could nap and hopefully recover. He ended up feeling well enough that we went to this vegetarian restaurant for dinner, which he'd heard about from a coworker, and had another amazing meal there. I had a carrot and almond terrine, these amazing artichokes with citrus cream sauce, white beans, and saffron gnocchi, and then a really lovely berry pudding for dessert. It was actually really hard to choose because everything looked so good... I am considering buying one of their cookbooks but I need to do some research on which one would be best.

Fortunately, after a full night's sleep Ben was feeling a lot better, so on Sunday we headed off on a bus tour of the Dingle peninsula. I kept hearing over and over again how Dingle was one of the most beautiful places in Ireland, so even though it's again a couple of hours from Cork, it was completely worth going there. The bus driver gave a lot of history and current events in places we drove through, pointed out nice spots, talked about counties Cork and Kerry through the years, and of course also had some pauses to just play music as we drove. We stopped at the Inch Beach where it was raining, and worried that we were driving pretty far to see rain, but we really lucked out and after that it cleared up. We drove out to Slea Head, which is the westernmost point in Ireland and has an amazing rugged coastline plus views out to the Blasket Islands in the Atlantic. There was an interesting museum about Blasket Islanders (who left the island in 1953) and a lot of nice views, and then we headed to Dingle town and had a late lunch. I had nice fish and chips plus a Crean's lager, but Ben had what was apparently a transcendent fish pie, and told me that the fish pie had pushed the weekend into being a net positive experience despite feeling miserable for most of a day. Phew.

We spent the rest of the day getting back to Cork and then back to Dublin, to our cats and own bed. I have a list of a bunch of places I'd like to go in Ireland, and this trip hit some of them, but it also just gave me more ideas about places to go! Like Killarney, which I'd heard of but didn't realize how nice and outdoorsy it was until our bus driver told us about it and drove us by a nice view of Lough Leane. Next time!

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slea head and cow

trinity

Jul. 12th, 2012 07:52 am
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I took some photos of the campus where I work recently, in admittedly unusually great weather. It's such a pretty campus! Most of these are of the front square which is the oldest part of the campus, and you can see the front gate which is one of only three ways to get inside.

huge trees


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budapest

Jun. 18th, 2012 10:14 pm
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We had so much fun in Budapest!

The food was really amazing. I had paprikash and dumplings, Hortobágy pancakes, steak tartare, and sour cherry soup (there is a picture below of me with the soup!). We also had some pretty good Hungarian beer, and some pretty amazing wines from the Tokaji region. We came back with a lot of paprika and the desire to own a Hungarian cookbook. Well, and the desire to maybe lay off the sour cream for a few days.

And we had a fun time walking around, looking at Fin de Siecle architecture, hiking on the steep hills and the big island park. We went to a Telephony Museum where they had the first telephone switchboard on display, still operational, and you could play around with it and see how it worked which was very cool. We also saw the last apartment that Franz Liszt lived in, and several pianos he owned, and I loved that. And we went to an applied arts museum which was nice, but they had a traveling exhibit from the Victoria and Albert museum rather than their own collection out, which was a pity. (Not that the stuff from the V&A wasn't nice!)

Plus of course we stumbled across concerts and festivals and ate ice cream and cold drinks and all those things you do in summer. The weather was pretty warm but not terrible, and it made me realize that I like being able to visit warm summers but not having to live in them. It's nice to be relaxing in the shade with a beer in hot weather, but if you walk around a lot it's nice not to have to take a million showers, and it's nice to be able to sleep at night.

So! Pictures!

danube and parliament


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A few photos from hiking and cheesemaking in New Mexico, and one photo of me running in Colorado. I took most of these but obviously would have had a hard time managing to take the photo I am in, which was taken by my dad.

curled grass


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