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October 29th, 2009
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Hi again
Someone posted a comment to one of my old posts, and so I went here - and realized I haven't posted to LJ for a full year. Did FB and twitter really take over my life.

I'm currently in Daejeon, Korea - I travel as much as always. Daejeon is a wonderful city, bustling and lively and full of friendly people - and despite the density here's lots of trees and a sense of open air around. Best of all, people are really friendly and helpful, so walking around time is a real pleasure. Haven't had time to see much except for conference facilities, research labs, university campus, and hotel rooms. But I have managed to find time to explore the city a bit, just walking up and down streets, looking at houses and people and shops, going to a few cafés, etc.

The research facilities here are impressive, in lots of areas. Maybe most impressive of all is the will to work together and share, the willingness to invest, and the commitment to translate those investments into excellence. People here want to be the best, and they'll put in the effort - w/o arrogance or superiority. I like it here, a lot.

Current Location: Daejeon, Korea
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From:ossobucco
Date:October 29th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
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That may have been me who posted. I've wondered where you've been. Welcome back! I've always enjoyed reading about your travels and experiences.
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From:surelars
Date:October 29th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:melted_snowball
Date:October 29th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
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Greetings, from one time zone over. Oy.
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From:surelars
Date:October 29th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. I hope you're having a good time in Japan. I've had an excellent time in Daejeon. It's a great city, I'd love to come back to explore some more - and it's been a truly productive meeting. It cost a full week, but it was time well spent.

Going back tomorrow.
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From:melted_snowball
Date:October 29th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
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It's been a good meeting, and my student gave a great talk today that got lots of plaudits. But the jetlag is killing me. And now I'm going home shortly, which will turn into more jetlag. *sighs*
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From:surelars
Date:October 29th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. I've had a bad jetlag trip, too. Glad to hear your meeting was good.
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From:melted_snowball
Date:October 29th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
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And you as well. I've never really been to mainland Korea, but Jeju, which I had a conference at in '05, was spectacular.
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From:surelars
Date:October 29th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I hear that Jeju is lovely. I was supposed to give a talk there a few years back, but shortly before the conference the entire complex was destroyed in a storm. I was invited back the year after, but it didn't fit my schedule; I ended up giving the talk by VC.

I still hope to get a chance to go.
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From:lcohen
Date:October 29th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
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*blows you a kiss*
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From:pir_anha
Date:October 29th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
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welcome back!
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From:surelars
Date:October 29th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Thanks
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From:thette
Date:October 29th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
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Welcome back! *waves*

You told me to get in touch when I was in Copenhagen, so I tried to, via LJ. Ah, well. We'll be there again.
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From:surelars
Date:October 29th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Ah - what a shame! Do have another go next time you're here.
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From:ragnhildr
Date:October 30th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
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Good to see you, again! Glad you're enjoying Korea.
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