As some of you might have hear, my boss, Sjouke Mauw, held his inaugural lecture on Tuesday, the 29th of April. A nice addition was that he gave it in the lecture hall in my building — as in, my home. For those of you wondering: SHAME ON YOU! This is like, so incredibly the first stop on the Tour de Maison here!! So if you don’t know of this, you’ve been way too long in visiting here!! ;-)
Anyway, having said that, slightly more serious now: the lecture was a success (if you ask me). Many former colleagues from the Netherlands came over for the event, which made it even more special. The room was almost filled to capacity — a neat feat considering there are over 100 seats in the house. I had the opportunity to be involved in some of the details, and it was my pleasure to do so. Of course, there was plenty of last-minute stress, but in the end, the lecture went without a hitch. The aftermath was even more fun — a chance to catch up with some of the attendees from far off as well as enjoy local company (of course).
My parents were amongst the attendees, and the next day the three of us went by car towards Switzerland. My parents had planned a short holiday, and I was visiting Zurich once again. Getting to Zurich proved to be easier than dropping me off at any convenient spot in Zurich — my estimate is we drove roughly 45 min in Zurich before I got out. Then again, that is rather subjective, and time crawls when you’re almost-but-not-quite-yet there.
Zurich was once again a great place to visit. Ania was amazingly agile with her two crutches, even climbing stairs. Well, she had to, seeing as she lives on the third floor of a building devoid of elevators. Still, at one point she pulled down the staircase to the attic and climbed that one too — I doubt I would have.
There was much talking (but that’s private :P), much movie (10 questions to the Dalai Lama; Fool’s Gold (brainless fun), The Hulk 200? (not as bad as I remembered by far), and … euh… another movie from dvd), much sunshine, much polish girls, a trip to the Bodensee, some Zouk dancing (fun!) and, finally, a visit to the GroÃƒÅ¸mÃƒÂ¼nster church. It was fun, and I look forward to my next visit.
That’s a nice status update, so now for some outlook. To keep it a bit terse and tense, only keywords :p
Efteling, baby-bras, baby-cellus, paper submission, wote, sailing?, ikea?