Rain, rain, rain
It’s good paper writing weather, but it’s not so fun for exploring a city/country where I have limited time, and I dislike spending so much time inside. That’s why today I resolve to purchase rain pants at long last. And probably a cappuccino while I’m at it—because how can I not?
After a few hours of wandering the streets with intermittent downpours—and about 90 seconds of pea-sized hail—I was ready for this huge, hot bowl of pumpkin soup. Thick and fragrant with curry and coriander, it featured crusty bread with garlic aioli on the side. I sipped on a little fresh-pressed apple juice that I had to continually stir with vigor to reintegrate the liquid with...
A few Thursday evening thoughts
A busy week is nearing its close. Rain and colder temperatures are blowing in. I’m finished with lectures for the week and checking other projects off the to-do list. The big realization this week is that I need to think in earnest about pinning down my master’s thesis topic, which means lots of exploratory (and mostly fascinating, I’m happy to report) reading. It...
Roundabouts and red paving
This afternoon, about half of my class, led by two professors in our department, cycled around Groningen and Haren to observe and learn firsthand about the cities’ innovative—and, in some areas, relatively new—bicycle infrastructure. Our journey, which covered about 15 miles over a few hours, took us through various traffic circle designs, speed calming features (aggressive...
Good things from today
I bought a pine-scented candle this afternoon, and it’s amazing how cozy and luxurious my little dwelling feels as it flickers on the windowsill. To make this purchase, I waded through the throngs of humanity out shopping in the city center—like me, taking advantage of the monthly Sunday shop openings. I’m feeling quite accomplished after completing my last long run of...