Friday, April 29, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
The April Foolery of Austria Air continued on the way home. We were permitted to enjoy an orange cone for an hour or so in Seoul while the idiots changed flight crew. The subsequent additional snack was, however, a "fluffy muffin", which was a considerable improvement over the pre-Chernobyl chicken ramen we had on the way out.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Yes - a sadly predictable post after yesterday's. As a formerly amazingly important and now amazingly irrelevant city, Vienna has a kind of sick desperation in its modern building...
magic sweater with me. I did not realise it was magic when I made it - but it is incredibly light, warm and compressible. The only issue is having to avoid geeks with rucksacs and velcroey jackets while wearing it, as the loopy weave pulls badly. But really it is quite nice to have an excuse to avoid rubbing up against them...
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
After the conference, a well-deserved coffee and cake at a konditorei in Vienna town centre.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Lunch was followed by brief trip to the butterfly house.
Is it a good thing when to be frightened by one's own photographs...?
Thursday, April 14, 2011
The concert hall is hardly an auditorium and I suspect that all the seats have some disadvantage. From our position, the percussion was perhaps not quite full volume, but how much percussion does one really need?
A lot apparently. In the second half, things got quite excessive. Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony requires an inordinate number of instruments. Apparently, as a child, Richard had a bad time in the mountains one day and got wet and cold and lost, but he survived to tell us all about it. James thought at 50 minutes it was rather a rushed mountain adventure. Does that mean we now need to sample one of Richard's longer works?
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Not often I get a commission! Breakfast buffet at Hotel Stefanie, Vienna. Very nice hotel. Best in Vienna that we have tried. Quiet, clean, big room, fantastic bed, mostly working shower, bird song and church bells in the morning. Only problem was the crap internets.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
The EGU has regressed from internet to internot....at least I don't recall this being a problem last time. So, blogging of pictures from Vienna will have to wait until we are back in Japan.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
We had a slightly unusual trip to Vienna, home of the IAEA.
The Narita Express train is not running so we got the bus.
This was actually a pleasant change. It is fast, frequent, and friendly and affords great views.
The flight crew disembarked just long enough to Geiger Count the passengers. Fortunately this did not take too long as the flight was not very full.
The only food served on this part of the trip was a tiny tub of pre-Chernobyl chicken ramen.
Stopped for 1.5 hours at Beijing Airport to change flight crew. Six hours after we left Narita, it was well past 12 noon, when April Fools jokes are supposed to stop. Hungry James was not amused.
Arrived rather late in Vienna, but at least we have an extra day to recover,