Ambient tunes for a(nother) desert women’s weekend.
Early-fall foliage was brilliant, from the Silver Pavilion Zen gardens —
— to the towering gate-climb at Nanzen-ji Temple.
Naturally, for two biology enthusiasts, a favorite was animal-themed Otoyo Shrine.
2018 has been busy with work travel. Among our more distant treks, Reba was fortunate to chair an opening symposium at the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism (ISBRA), held this year in Japan. Travel was hairy due to the typhoon four days prior, which decimated traffic at Kansai International Airport, but our symposium speakers managed to arrive in the nick of time.
Among other tasty treats, conference proceedings ended with a gala dinner and nihon buyō performance — and inauguration of ISBRA’s first woman president, Oregon Health & Science University Professor Tamara Phillips. Glad to have braved the storms!
We didn’t expect Swedish life to involve quite so much amusement-park time; but with historic Gröna Lund in our backyard, hosting sunny-evening concerts from the likes of Beck, Billy Idol, and Ziggy Marley, our season passes got good use this summer. When in Stockholm…
We were privileged to join Oliver’s parents, Dieter and Veronica, for a sunny, historic weekend in Denmark’s capital.
Six decades back, young Dieter befriended a fellow traveller named Stanley Treanor, jointly eavesdropping a paid tour of Copenhagen City Hall. Stanley would later introduce his Dublin niece Veronica, who would wed Dieter in ’64. The couple relocated almost immediately to the States, where they raised Oliver and his siblings. This summer marked Veronica’s first Copenhagen trip of her own.
Sunday afternoon at Tivoli Gardens was an especially joyful tribute to this auspicious site in Soell family history.
Top photo credit: Veronica Soell