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Talked Out

Posted in Biographical with tags , , on May 16, 2017 by telescoper

It has been a busy day. Partly this was because I had to give a talk (of which more in due course) but mostly it was thanks to the kind hospitality of my hosts, particularly Lauro Moscardini, whom I have known for many years. I’m just back to the hotel after an extremely pleasant dinner with Lauro at Trattoria Serghei, which is just a few yards from my hotel. I had Tortelloni Burro e Salvia followed by Coniglio Arrosto, accompanied by a fine Sangiovese, in case you’re interested.

When I got up this morning I soon realised the weather was beautiful so instead of getting the bus to the Observatory I decided would just walk there. It turned out to be a good decision. Despite being rather further than the previous site, it only took me 45 minutes to get there, and that included a stop for a coffee. The building is brand new. So new that it’s not fully occupied, but I managed to find my way to the guest office easily. Impressively, despite the incomplete state of much of the interior, I found the WIFI working perfectly.

Anyway, it has been a busy but very enjoyable day. I’ll say more about what my talk was about when I get back home. I’m doing another one on Thursday on a completely different subject, and will no doubt have a completely different dinner too!

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Arrivato a Bologna

Posted in Biographical with tags , , on May 15, 2017 by telescoper

After after a journey consisting of train+bus+plane+bus I’ve made it to my destination. I’m here in Bologna for a few days, giving a couple of talks and hopefully having some useful discussions. They’ve booked me into the Hotel Paradise shown above. The title may be a little overstated but it’s a nice friendly little place right in the centre of the city.

Tomorrow I shall be visiting the Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, which is part of the Istituto Nazionale de Astrofisica. I’ve been to Bologna before, but the astronomers have moved to a new building which is further out of town than the old one, so it will be a bit of an adventure trying to find it. No doubt I’ll demonstrate yet again my ability to get on the wrong bus…

Anyway, that’s all for now. It is necessary for me to eat a pizza. I hope to have the chance to take a few pictures while I’m here, but that can wait!