Dot writes: it was a great conference. Friendly people, excellent papers, loads of ideas, and I managed to bag an $85 book for free. I didn’t even lose my luggage or have my flights delayed, unlike the other (much more senior) person flying from Dublin, who was delayed by 12 hours on the way out and 3 hours on the way back. And we didn’t crash and die in a remote Canadian wilderness. But, as the sole downside to the conference (apart from being away from the boys for eight nights, which was actually quite hard), I find that the photos were not especially great. I should maybe have taken some snaps of the refreshments: they fed us cake and donuts at all the tea-breaks, which was all too tempting to a sweet-toothed person like me. British and Irish conferences only have biscuits. I always eat those too, of course.
So here are some photos that don’t really do it justice.
My hotel room on the first night:
And the dorm room I occupied the rest of the time (the second bed was empty, thank goodness. Note the ethernet socket bizarrely positioned in the ceiling):
On the Wednesday we had a break from papers and a choice of trips out of town. I went on the tour to Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s house. Mostly my pictures of this trip turned out to be of Anglo-Saxonists walking away, but here are a couple of the house – enough to show, I hope, that it’s delightful.(Sorry about the random scholarly elbow here. That elbow probably has more publications than I’ve had hot dinners, though I can’t remember whose it is.)After the educational bit they let us go and loll around by the Wisconsin River. It’s very wide, very shallow and has a quite strong current. I swam in it, amid a gaggle of extremely distinguished (female) professors bonding over how much they like Johnny Depp. This picture shows the river but not the professors.