Walking in the Lake District

Last week I was on holiday with Ana, and Dave and Lotta, walking in the Lake District. After packing all my waterproofs and preparing myself for the worst, the weather turned out gorgeous; six days without rain in the Lakes strikes me as a minor miracle.

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Bott’s song

I’m back in Southampton after a great week in Strasbourg, where I learned a lot and also met some nice people who I hope I’ll stay in touch with.

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This week I am at the IRMA in Strasbourg for a masterclass in topological K-theory and applications. Strasbourg is as beautiful as I remember it, although the weather is a little grey at the moment. The old town on the Grand Île is full of nice old stone buildings and bridges, and things that are begging to be climbed over and explored. This city makes me want to be a medieval spy, creeping along the rooftops at night.

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Walking in South Wales

This weekend I went walking in the Brecon Beacons national park with the university hillwalking club. We couldn’t climb the Beacons themselves because the weather wasn’t good enough, but we managed a couple of nice walks at lower altitudes. On Saturday we did a nice tour of the waterfalls of the rivers Neath, Mellte and Hepste, starting from Pontneddfechan. It had rained recently, and the falls were particularly beautiful. Aside from the famous Sgwd y Eira (“fall of snow”), my favourite was probably Sgwd Clun-Gwyn (“fall of the white meadow”).
Sgwd Clun-Gwyn

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