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6 Jun 2005

The joy of travel

Filed under: Personal,Studies — paulcook @ 7:49 am

Travel can sometimes be annoying. But sometimes it can actually be quite enjoyable.

Yesterday’s travel had the required annoyances, including the need to take two different flights to get from Los Angeles all the (oh so long) way to Denver. Then in Denver, there was the minute by which I missed the hourly bus to Boulder.

But altogether I quite enjoyed it. Salt Lake City is really interesting, particularly flying over the colours of the salt lake itself. I also spent much of the time asleep, on both flights and in the terminal at Salt Lake City.

The best part of the trip, though, was being on a fixed schedule. For quite some time now I’ve been trying to fit too many things into too little time, so I’ve been constantly prioritising things in my mind, and trying to fit as much stuff in to each minute as possible. But once one gets into the car and heads off to the airport (thanks Bert for the lift!), there’s only the fixed schedule of the flights. If there’s a two hour layover in, say, Salt Lake City, that’s two hours during which there’s nothing that has to be done. I could spend as much time as I liked choosing what to have for lunch. Um, breakfast. Whatever.

There’s also the simple instant gratification of succesfully getting through each security check and onto each flight. It’s not much of an achievement, but that’s the point — it’s all one needs to achieve to have had a “perfectly succesful” day of travel.

Anyway, as you can tell, I’m not now in Boulder, Colorado. The next month will be full of physics, as I’m here for the Theoretical Advanced Summer Institute, a seminar series in string theory. More news on that to follow!

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  1. Wait ’till you try to get through the Denver airport security checkpoint. *That* is worthy of a sense of accomplishment, if you can manage to get out without being strip-searched. (I’ve been through a lot of security queues…Denver is definitely the worst.)

    Comment by Dixie — 6 Jun 2005 @ 11:02 am

  2. If you’re not in Boulder, where the heck are you?

    Comment by MDA — 6 Jun 2005 @ 2:02 pm

  3. Um, that was meant to read “now in Boulder”. Travel does funny things to one’s typing…

    Comment by paulcook — 6 Jun 2005 @ 3:44 pm

  4. Heh, I figured :)

    Glad your flight went smoothly. Enjoy the new scenery.

    Comment by MDA — 6 Jun 2005 @ 3:51 pm

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