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Personal: Geneva Confirmed – More Impulse Shopping? 
22nd-Jun-2006 02:38 am
John Duncan/St. Bride
Yeesh, that took all night! I couldn't shake Priceline down for anything less than $100 off the quoted prices, and so I skipped that, not interested in their possibly booking me a day later or such. If that's all the savings I would have gotten, I'd rather pick my own travel hours and guarantee my days.

So, after a flurry of emails this week after he returned from his music gig in Paris, it's official. I'm off to visit Erik again, as he proposed last month when I was in Boston, but this time as he will be interning in some way at the headquarters of the World Health Organization:
Milwaukee, WI (MKE) to Geneva, Switzerland (GVA) Total Travel Time: 12hrs 30min
Wed, Jul 19 12:35PM to 3:50PM
Milwaukee, WI (MKE) to Newark, NJ (EWR)
2hrs 15mins - nonstop
Boeing 717 Jet

Wed, Jul 19 6:15PM to 8:05AM
Newark, NJ (EWR) to Geneva, Switzerland (GVA)
7hrs 50mins - nonstop
Boeing 767 Jet
Geneva, Switzerland (GVA) to Milwaukee, WI (MKE) Total Travel Time: 14hrs 55min
Wed, Jul 26 9:50AM to 12:30PM
Geneva, Switzerland (GVA) to Newark, NJ (EWR)
8hrs 40mins - nonstop
Boeing 767 Jet

Wed, Jul 26 4:25PM to 5:45PM
Newark, NJ (EWR) to Milwaukee, WI (MKE)
2hrs 20mins - nonstop
Boeing 717 Jet
Friday July 21st we'll hop a train to spend Saturday in Venice and then do it again to spend Sunday in Florence, dashing back that evening so Erik can go to work Monday and I can see the sights, do the Reformation things, or whatnot. I've a lot of reading to do! I was bummed, though, to be unable to get a window seat on either of the transatlantic flights. At least I'm on the aisle, though: coming back from Denver to Milwaukee in January I was in the middle seat of the middle three on a 767. Crowded. And between two politically-hostile people talking foreign policy.

I find I'm kind of nervous for some reason about this one: I guess it's been a while since I've traveled overseas. Erik and I travel well together, though, which is good to know. We hit Rome and Tunisia in one 10-day marathon in April 1998. The worst problem in all of that was Erik completely hating and folding under the high pressure of bartering with the Arabs in the souks: compared to a barter economy in a country where we knew the value of nothing, this should be a piece of cake.
22nd-Jun-2006 12:00 pm (UTC)
oooh! geneva! (i've lived there.) please greet the city for me, and florence too. how exciting. :)
22nd-Jun-2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
Really?! I didn't know that. That's the city I know least about, and so I'm awaiting my guidebook in order to start getting background material and figuring out what I want to see.
22nd-Jun-2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
yes, there's very large international particle accelerator just outside the city. it's called CERN. gerry worked on electron acceleration projects for part of a year back in 1974.

the old part of the city is beautiful. :)
22nd-Jun-2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
Cool! I didn't know that he did high-energy physics like that! How did you end up in Indiana rather than at Fermilab or somesuch?
22nd-Jun-2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
well, actually, he got his Ph.D. from IU, but then he post-docked (is there a K in that?) at SUNY Stony Brook. first he did experimental physics in geneva, then at a smaller accelerator in frascati, outside rome, and then back at brookhaven national labs on L.I. in 1977 he left academia (the field shrank on him) and got a job in computing here near DC. :)
22nd-Jun-2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
Whoops! All this time I thought you were still in the Indianapolis area! But yeeks! What a run of locations!

And hmm... "post-doctorate": post-doced? post-docced? post-docted? post-doctted? post-docked? Nothing seemed to really capture both the sound and the root together very well, does it?

And thanks for the heads-up on Luthor.
22nd-Jun-2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
Very exciting! Have a safe and pleasant journey.
22nd-Jun-2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
I hope so! (To both!) I have very little idea about what to see/do in Geneva, so I'll be reading in that direction in particular. For Florence, I already have a hierarchy of pieces of art forming in my mind of what I'd like to be able to spend time with.
22nd-Jun-2006 02:10 pm (UTC) - Have a good trip
I will pray for your safe travels. Mike V.
22nd-Jun-2006 08:58 pm (UTC) - Re: Have a good trip
Thank you!
22nd-Jun-2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
Oh I love Geneva. Go to the International Red Cross Museum, it's great.
22nd-Jun-2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ah, good to know: I know least about that city, and so I'll be reading up quite a bit on it in order to figure out what to see, but recommendations are good to hear!
22nd-Jun-2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Have a nice trip. I hear they have good Conventions there. And the chocolate is pretty good, too. And the watches.

And I made the music rotation. Double sweet!
22nd-Jun-2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
I'll bring you back a convention!

And yes, I recalled that I had yet to sit down and give all your new stuff that extended listen that I promised. More on that later....

(By the way, I love that icon from Mark's place: I learned my first chords on that guitar as a loaner! First lesson: E, A, D, over and over and over....)
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