I am very pleased to say that I awoke this morning at 7:15 am GMT. This is good because I am, in fact, in the UK and jet lag can be a real drag, but I managed to get some sleep on the plane Sunday night and stay up all day yesterday.
Yesterday I met with two old friends, which is always good, but in this case I was also enlisting their help with a new course that will start summer 2012. (Stay tuned!) I also had time to wander around town a bit. Above is the Radcliffe Camera, a library where I spent a fair amount of my time as a doctoral student. I realize the town is nigh on a thousand years old but it always surprises me how much things are the same, even 14 years on. Last night I enjoyed dinner at St. Catz’s high table.
Today I will meet with folks from Mansfield College then on to meet some high school students at an IB school outside of Oxford. Finally…dinner with our students! I will be taking two of our alumni and two of our current students (and PLAers!) out to dinner at The Trout. This used to be a lovely rustic pub along the river in Wolvercote that is now quite posh. Still a great location and I think they will enjoy it.
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Ah, I used to spend long days in the Rad Cam, and in the ancient studies room across the way in the Bodleian, but they’re a bit more uppity in there. Never got to eat at the Trout, though.
Welcome to the UK.
I’m not sure if this is your cup of tea or not, but Professor Moshe Idel is in Oxford this week doing a 3-part lecture on Ars Combinatoria. You can view the flyer here: http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/mehrc/documents/CantemirLectures2011Poster_001.pdf