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February 3rd, 2006
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I found out today that I'm going to at least two more conferences this year. That brings the total to 4 confirmed (although one is in Boston, so it doesn't really count as travel. I'll probably get to stay in a hotel, though), and I don't see why I won't go to the 2 conferences again this year that I went to by myself last year. So, here are the places I'm going to this year (I'm giving the dates of the full conference. The exhibition doesn't run the full time for some (most?) of the conferences).
  • March 20-24, San Jose, California - Game Developers Conference
  • April 26-29, St. Louis, Missouri - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting
  • July 30 - August 3, Boston, Massachusetts - SIGGRAPH
  • September 4-8, Vienna, Austria - Eurographics
  • October 10-12, London, Ontario, Canada - FuturePlay
  • October 29 - November 3, Baltimore, Maryland - IEEE Visualization

Did you catch that little item in the middle? I get to go to Austria! I get three weeks of vacation, and it's quite possible I won't have used any of it by then, or at most a few days. So, since the company is going to be paying for the airfare, I'm thinking about maybe taking some vacation time and doing a little bopping around Europe. Of course, my last attempt at a vacation by myself didn't go so well, but we'll see. Maybe I can convince someone to meet me somewhere in Europe. Or maybe I'll just go visit all the German authors I've worked with in the past 9 months (I haven't counted, but it's quite possible I've worked with more German authors than non-German authors). In any case, I'll at least get to see Vienna and Salzburg.

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From:bitty
Date:February 4th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
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*fits self into suitcase so as to go to vienna*

we can lend you our guidebooks.
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From:bitty
Date:February 4th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
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Now that I'm a bit more conscious... we can sit down and talk at some point, but teh way to make it work would be to make sure you go to cities/places where it would be okay to be traveling solo.
Vienna itself, for example, I'm not sure about. You'll be there anyway and it has *great* museums (and I say this as someone who hates museums), but mostly this is stuff you could do by padding your trip slightly.
Prague, however, I think you could do just fine in by yourself. It's the right combination of insular and crowded that would keep you going.
Salzburg, while I loved, might be too similar to the Iceland trip. It's a quieter town -- especially since it'll be just after Festival -- and its nestled in the mountains. There are great one-or-two-day trips from that area, but that's when it starts to feel like your Iceland trip.
Anyway, we should talk. Language won't really be a problem (except maybe in Vienna itself; there'll still be plenty of English speakers, but less so/less obvious than other places we were). And you *have* to go to the Haus der Musik in Vienna. Absolutely have to. And if the Choir is back by then (they were on August break when we were there - they get back mid-September), please go to a concert and tell me they were terrible so that I don't have to be upset.
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From:queue
Date:February 4th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
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Cool.

I just talked with my mom, and she's been wanting to go to Europe, so it looks like she's going to join me. I'm thinking Vienna, Prague, Venice, and Berlin, but we'll see.
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From:bitty
Date:February 4th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
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Realistically? Berlin doesn't really work in there. We went because we really felt it important to see what little remained of old Berlin before it was gone, and even then we ewre largely too late.
I'm not saying Berlin isn't worth a visit, but it's *not* worth the travel time from that end of the world--especially since you'll be flying into either Frankfurt or Vienna. Berlin is *really* far out of the way from Vienna and Venice. Our trip would have been saner if we'd gone to Munich instead of Berlin, staying in the region. There's so much to do within the Vienna/Prague/Venice triangle that there's no reason to travel out of there. Plus, if you're no longer alone, renting a car and heading into the Alps for a few days is worlds better than Berlin. (And we can recommend places to stay, as well.)

We don't *regret* going to Berlin, but it didn't really work on that trip. (Although BB just pointed out that if you insist on getting to Berlin, the high-speed service should be open on that leg now. Which doesn't make the trip doable or pleasant, just slightly less awful.) Berlin definitely seems to belong on a Denmark vacation. Actually, if you're going to be doing so much travel and working with German authors, there's a good chance you'd get to northern Germany at some other time in the future, anyway. Also, if you're avoiding Germany, then things like train passes become more reasonable (even if you rent a car in Austria (as we did, and it was worth it -- outside of the cities, at least), you do NOT want a car in the Czech Republic, you want train passes, etc.

Anyway, we have tons fo research we can share with you when you have a free afternoon. As I said, you're welcome to our books and feedback on the books, and it's a beautiful time of year to be there.
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From:hrafn
Date:February 4th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Wow! That's a pretty sweet deal.
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