Around Campus

Breaking briefly from the one-post-a-day structure!

Framing at Windhover…

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Lunch time in the Main Quad…

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A taste of the upcoming McMurtry building…

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Taking a peek around the EV Community Garden.  So many talented gardeners!

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Chard, lettuce, and kale…

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More kale!

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Lettuce and sugar snap peas!

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Waiting for some of the old bikes to be cleared away…

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Happy hour with Henning at Pub Russo by Munger…

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Schloß Schönbrunn & Braunau

Visiting Schönbrunn Palace, our last stop in Vienna…

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Exploring the gardens!



Walking up to the Gloriette on top of the hill…

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Austria is all about Mozart… even the café in the Gloriette has Mozart pastries…



Enjoying our walk back down the hill…

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Driving back toward Germany!


Stopping for the night in the very very retro (read: old) but nice Hotel Post in the town of Braunau, on the border of Austria and Germany.

Wikipedia fact:  Adolf Hitler, who later became the dictator of Nazi Germany, was born in Braunau in 1889.

**The more you know…**

Grabbing a lovely dinner at a restaurant two doors down and one floor up…



Tomorrow we go home!


Seattle—Day 3!

If you ever go to Seattle… the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit
is a MUST-SEE in my opinion!

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Went up to the top of the Space Needle…

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Hung out on the rooftop bar of the Red Lion Hotel…

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Got to see the Mariners play at Safeco field.
Look at that retractable roof!!

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Together Tuesday v.13

Henning and I found a local market 2 blocks from the apartment, so we’re trying that out for the next few weeks!

In other news… our pepper plants are growing so fast!

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They’re actually starting to block the basil from getting sunlight…  I’ll follow up with basil status in the next few weeks…


Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden

This Sculpture Garden is one of the commonly overlooked gems of the Stanford campus.  A couple hundred meters from Lake Lagunita, and not even half that distance from Roble (my senior year dorm), so many students walk past it without stopping to… think…

…about the unique art beside them.

You can find more information about the wood and stone carvings (and their artists) here.



Felt a little better Monday.  Met up with Malin, who was also in Mumbai for the day, and did a short tour around town before eventually meeting up with Saurabh and Prachi (who’s wedding I’m here to attend) and some of Prachi’s family for dinner.  It was very generous of them to invite us to eat.  I had definitely felt very welcome in India thus far.  By the way, Saurabh and Prachi are SUCH a cute couple.  I’m very happy and excited for them!

Gateway of India
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Malin haggling for bananas and papaya at a fruit stand in the lovely suburban Juhu neighborhood.DSCN4062





Highlights of Delhi

Walked around Delhi today with the group (15 of us), led by our guide Abbi.  We visited a primary Sikh temple (Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib) and Muslim mosque (Jama Masjid) before lunch.  There is a lot of history with the Mughals here in Delhi.  The Sis Ganj is built on top of the spot that the ninth Sikh Guru (of 11) was beheaded by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb for refusing to convert to Islam (1674).  The Jama Masjid was built a few decades earlier by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (who also built the Taj Mahal).  Beautiful mosque.

My favorite site of the day was Humayun’s Tomb, commissioned in 1562 by the Mughal Emperor Humayun’s wife, Hamida Banu Begum.  The tomb is set in a paradise garden, the first of its kind in India.  Like many of the big Mughal constructs (Red Fort, Jama Masjid, etc)… it’s made of red sandstone, with some white marble.  Islamic architecture and geometry, with some Indian/Rajasthani touches.  I had a lot of fun running around, and definitely could have spent a little more time in the gardens and up by the main mausoleum (shown below).

P.S. Today was also my first experience riding Indian cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws.  A big part of the experience is actually the haggling (helps to be in groups).  And admiring the colors of the cycle rickshaws.  I’ll have to post a picture, maybe tomorrow.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) we make our way out of Delhi and on to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, which is the largest state in India.  Below is a map of the 2-week ‘highlights’ tour through north and central India.


Lençóis–Day 4

For our last day in Lençóis, Verena and I decided to go horseback riding out to the Capivara River.  This was maybe the 3rd time I’d ever been on a horse in my life, so I was both excited and nervous at the same time.

My horse “Princess”…. fittingly….


We walked through some rivers, through some woods, and finally stopped for lunch at a spot along the Capivara river.  Nothing spectacular compared to the days before, but nice to see some relatively untouched parts of the area.


Eating lunch with our guide Pedro, Verena, and an Austrian named Ernest.


We eventually made our way back and had a few hours to relax before dinner.  I wanted to take this space to commemorate Lençóis and the Pousada dos Duendes.

River separating the two sides of Lencois…


The street our pousada is on.  It looks a little sketch, but the whole town is actually quite safe.


One view inside the Pousada dos Duendes.  Probably my favorite, walking down from the dorm rooms, past the garden, down to the gnome chessboard, breakfast, and the common room.


Almost like Wizard Chess!


I really love these faces carved into the posts of the stairway!


LOVE the indoor/outdoor space of the dining area.


The garden…


The neighbor’s dog, who decided to sit in my chair after I stood up from it.  Made me miss Penny so much!


For dinner, we went into town with Verena, Nancy (a fellow Californian), Ernest, and a Swiss fellow named Marco.  We ate at a restaurant owned by an Italian, who makes all of his own pasta and bread.  It was quite incredible.  Went back to Rua das Pedras (the main street) for drinks.  Ran into Dodô (Diego), who was one of the great staff members at the hostel.  Saw a couple that had stayed in Verena’s hostel back in Salvador, and I saw a couple who had stayed in my Salvador hostel as well.  It’s such a small world here.

Verena and I both left Lençóis via the 11:30pm night bus.  We split a taxi to the bus station so that I wouldn’t have to roll my bag on the dirt roads.  We had a great short conversation with the driver Rogelio, who is doing his 2-year course to become a guide.  The guides in the area actually have to take quite a few courses – geology, biology, language, outdoor survival, emergency aid, and who knows what else.  We ran into Marcelo for the final time, said our goodbyes, and watched him  meet the exciting (and excited) new tourists arriving for the week.

Perhaps, as James would put it, bringing this experience full-circle.

Good times, Lençóis!  I can’t wait to come back one day.