As part of the office ski trip, I went to Killington, Vermont last week. Except for losing my ski goggles, which was entirely my fault, it was great. I couldn't go with my wife, which was a bummer, but as the trip organizers so aptly put, there are a bunch of other office-sponsored events where family can participate, so I could hardly complain.
I've been back from my personally funded trip to West Point for a couple of weeks now. So if I'm going to write anything about it, I should probably write it now before I forget too much.
I'm heading out on a flight to West Point tomorrow for the Workshop on Network Science, where I'll be making a presentation and participating in a panel. Under normal circumstances, this would be funded as part of the work of a research project. However, the funding has to be approved by the higher-ups in my institute, and unfortunately, certain recent events have made it impossible for the higher-ups to approve anything for a while.
I'm back from Innsbruck, Austria, where I had a great time. The experience was certainly much better than I expected, considering I spent almost no time in planning any sightseeing because I was more preoccupied with preparing for the conference. I do feel the need to say this: even if you don't know how to ski, you definitely want to pay a visit to one of the ski resorts and take a lift up to a peak, where you will have your breath taken away by the sights.
I'll be heading to Innsbruck, Austria next week for a conference presentation. The city appears to be a well-known skiing region, amongst other things, so it might be a waste not to ski at least once when I'm there. Maybe I'll ski after all the conference sessions are over in the afternoon or evening on the last day I'm there. Or maybe I'll just take a walk through the streets because I'll feel too tired or too cheap to do anything else. The one thing I am sure of is that I'm taking my camera with me.