ウェールズのスウォンジーとペン・イ・ファン

先月またいつものウェールズのスウォンジーへの研究出張があった。今回期待したことは、木曜日着陸して、金土曜日研究して、日曜日休んで、月曜日論文を書き終える後、二日間ウェールズの冒険してから帰国することだった。ただ、いつものとおり期待したことは実現してない。金曜日研究すごく進んで、いい感じだったけど、土曜日の朝これまでやったこと(もう発表された研究)は全部崩れてしまった。日曜日家族の時間で皆一緒にウェールズの一番高い山「ペン・イ・ファン」を登った。月曜日から出発まで必死にやり直す研究のおかげで、やっと金曜日の状況に戻ったが、遊び時間が全くなかった、その証明も簡単:日曜日以外一回もパブに行ったことない!あ・り・え・な・い!でも、研究は大事だから、大丈夫。今回!

日曜日のペン・イ・ワンへのハイキングとイギリスのライフスタイルの写真は続く

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カンタベリーへの旅

九月の出張の一つの行き先はイギリスのカンタベリーだった。ルーマニアからアムステルダムで乗り換えてロンドンに着陸して、電車に乗ってカンタベリーに着いた時間は、結構遅かった。次の朝からずっと学会があったから、又観光時間があまりなかったけど、学会の宴会の前、大学キャンパスからカンタベリーへ行って、カンタベリー大聖堂を案内をもらった。

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ウイスキーの天国

一週間ウェールズのスウォンジーに暮らした。一週間毎晩友人のウイスキー収集を楽しませていただいた。

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トルフの味が強くて、立派な香りのウイスキーを一杯試した。一つつが美味しかった。飲み方はいつも同じだった:本当に水を一滴入れて、ストレートの飲み方。最高!

ごちそうさまでした!

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UK’s train system – how stupid can it get?

These UK trains drive me crazy. This morning in particular South West Trains. So I have a off-peak return ticket. For those not comfortable with the UK train booking system: Getting a train ticket is a science – time slot, return, special fares, hard to grasp without explanations.

Anyway, I landed in London City Airport and needed to go to Canterbury, and return to the same place early morning. So I bought a return ticket, and it turned out to be a off-peak. Now, this morning in the train back to the airport, I had a bad awakening …

Southwesttrain-Rush-Hour

The conductor informed me that this is not off-peak – wait – I am boarding the train at 5:25 and leaving at 6:15, this is not off-peak. According to the conductor, any train that arrives in London before 10am is considered peak train … irrelevant whether you are going to London or not, and which time. And I had to pay another 35 pounds!

Well, I left the train at 6.15, as you can see from the above photo (with time!), the train was swarming with people, it was hard to get a seating, the perfect incarnation of rush hour on the train.

South West Trains – thanks a lot, I really would like to have your rush hours in our local train from Kanazawa to Tsurugi, we would be happy.

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Gower Peninsula – Oxwich Bay and Worm’s Head

The second time this year that I could visit Swansea. During the first time I visited several places around the Gower Peninsula and more inland. This time we spend the weekend mainly on the Gower, namely one day walking around in the area of Oxwich Bay and this time we also made out to the tip of the Gower onto the tidal island of Worm’s Head near the village of Rhossili.

But let us start with the Oxwich Bay …

View onto the eastern end of Oxwich Bay

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Gower Peninsula

Six years ago I visited a colleague in Swansea, Wales, and for a full week we were working without a break. It happened that besides the university campus I didn’t see anything else. Now I am back for another visit, and as already the first day had a decent weather forecast, we decided immediately to go for the famous Nature Reserve of Gower Peninsula, full of nature, wind, and sheep.

Rhossili beach on the tip of the Gower peninsula

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