The blog was dead; long live the blog! I'm back in Austria for the winter, working on analyzing and writing up the research I did over the summer. Since it isn't the YSSP any more, it's probably going to be a lot more boring than my summer was. Nevertheless, I shall do my best.
When I got here, I was surprised to discover that there was more snow on the ground here than back in Montreal! I gather Montreal has since remedied this. This much snow this early in the winter is apparently rather unusual in Vienna; someone I spoke to said they hadn't seen it in the fifteen years they have lived here. It's all melting now, since today was warm, but I took photos yesterday. Here's Donaukanal near where I'm living now:
And here is beautiful Sudtirolerplatz bus station, where the 566 (seen at left) leaves for Laxenburg:
I have no idea what all those cranes are doing in the background; it was the same way last summer. Here's the schloss where I work in Laxenburg, which looks nice with the icing on top:
And the church opposite it:
Doesn't that poor statue look cold?
I got here Sunday afternoon, and went in to IIASA for my first day of work on Monday. Today (Wednesday) is a holiday; I'm doing some work at home, but I also went walking around a bit, exploring my new neighborhood. I'm quite close to the big park called Augarten; I believe I posted some photos of its marvelous WWII-era flak towers in the summer. I would have photos of Augarten in winter for you, since I walked there briefly today, except that I didn't bring my camera on my walk.
Next week I give a talk at Speciation 2010: First European Conference on Speciation Research, which ought to be quite an interesting conference. Well, to me, anyway. :-> I may or may not do a bit of live blogging from the conference, we'll see how busy I am. Those who saw my talk at the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Studies 2010 Symposium, or indeed those who saw my end-of-YSSP talk last summer, would be utterly unsurprised by the talk I will give here. I've got to get some new material. :->
OK, that's all the news that's fit to print. Until next time, this is Ben, saying... brrrrr!