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Flew to Baltimore, Maryland from Los Angeles this morning after my typical pre-travel all-nighter (trying to decide what I'll need for the next six days, collecting everything, packing with an eye on the clock since the airport shuttle was picking me up at 5:45 a.m., rounding up the necessary work/conference materials that I overlooked the first time around, etc. etc. etc.). And in two weeks I'll be doing it all over again, this time for 16 days in the U.K. At least that flight doesn't leave until 4:00 p.m., which means I can actually go to bed the night before and pack in the morning! :-)

The hotel here is nice -- right in the Inner Harbor. The Aquarium looks to be just a block away, and there's a big Barnes & Noble bookstore close at hand. That's going to be convenient for picking up my Financial Times newspaper every day after the conference sessions end. My hotel (a Marriott) doesn't sell the FT; the helpful hotel staff member wasn't quite sure what sort of paper it is, but suggested I look for at at the nearby CVS Pharmacy (somehow I don't think so, but I just might check to see if Baltimore has a hidden intellectual side I wasn't aware of....).

Tomorrow morning I'm going to get up early and take the train down to Washington to visit the new Museum of the American Indian. Back to Baltimore in the late afternoon for the conference's opening reception, and then a dinner hosted by an investment group. Or I might wait and do Washington on Thursday, and skip the flying visit to New York. Right now, though, I think I'm just going to go to bed. Ciao!


Nov. 6th, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
Eleven nights in London, and then the final four nights in Edinburgh. Last year when I stayed in Oxford, I made a couple of day trips to London, which proved to be not nearly enough (only made it to the V & A, for instance; no Tate, no National Gallery, no British Museum). Of course, this time I'm planning day trips out of London....
Nov. 6th, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
I live just outside Grantham about a one hour train ride from london-it is expensive but i can give you a link to a site which gives cheap fares if you book early--if you fancy a day of rural Lincolnshire--if not we could meet up in cambridge which is about half way--it would be nice to meet you in person-if you are not to busy
Nov. 7th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
I don't think I can come all the way to you, but if you wouldn't mind meeting in Cambridge, that would be lovely! I'm already planning a visit to Cambridge to see the Vermeer paintings on loan to the Fitzwilliam Museum (the exhibit is called "Vermeer's Women: Secrets and Silence"), and I'd like to schedule it for a Tuesday or Thursday so I can also hear the full King's College Choir perform. Do you think that might work for you?
Nov. 9th, 2011 11:32 am (UTC)
sounds like a good plan -can you send me the exact dates so i can just double check diary-love the sound of the paintings -have you company for the choir- --i am going to send you my email address by by direct message - so we can make some more definite arrangements