Apparently, traveling has become an integral part of my life. Coming back from Baltimore early June, however, I managed to stay at home in New York for almost 3 weeks in a row before heading out again. It was amazing! The weather was great, and the City did not reek of trash and rotten rat yet. Of all the fun things I did, cycling around Central Park at sunset was certainly one of the most impressive and most rewarding things to do. Can’t wait to get back on the 6 mile loop!
The grande finale of my Euro trip 2014 was the MODEST14 conference in Bad Honnef. MODEST, standing for Modeling and Observing Dense Stellar Systems, is a very specific conference series focussing on my prime field of study: stellar dynamics. The MODEST meetings are always my favorite get-togethers as you get to meet all your friends in this small community, and within a week you have a fresh and complete overview on the current state of the field. This specific edition of the conference series was organized by Sambaran Banerjee who works in the stellar dynamics group of Pavel Kroupa at the University of Bonn. Together with his scientific and local organizing committees he did an amazing job, turning the old mansion of the DFG Physikzentrum into a club house of a debating society. The conference picture above and many more were taken by Fabian Lüghausen. The next big MODEST meeting will be in Concepción, Chile, from March 2-6.
What a weekend! While back home in Köln people are going crazy about Karneval, we went out to celebrate Steffen’s farewell.
After an excessive soju warm-up over Korean BBQ in K-town, we headed over to a karaoke place (or more like upstairs, Koreans are not stupid, they know how to keep the money in the building). Steffen, Ludwig and Juan couldn’t wait and started performing over dinner already – very much to the entertainment of the entire restaurant. Continue reading Karneval
Steffen and I just got back from our trip to New Haven, where we’ve been for the last three days. Going to Yale is always a bit like coming home. So many people to meet and greet, so much to catch up on. One reason why it feels so much like home is because you randomly meet people in the street. That clearly doesn’t happen in New York very often. Continue reading YCAA
One of the downsides of living abroad is that you’re missing important events back home. On Friday, my niece Julia was born and I couldn’t be happier about it. But not being able to see her and hold her in my arms is making me more homesick than ever. In compensation for that, and because it was overdue, I had a housewarming wine & cheese with my NY astro pals on Saturday.
The pic is taken from Kelle Cruz’s Instagram without permission. Thanks, Kelle! It was great fun, and I not only got to know my pals better, but also learned a lot about food costs in NYC. A wine & cheese, I estimated, costs pretty much twice as much as if you did the same back home in Germany!! Ach, Germany…