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.
Brilliant green from the recent downpour, the Kyoto International Conference Center venue conjured appropriate spaceship vibes in the midst of idyllic Takaragaike Park.
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!
sake tasting with alcohol scientists
nihon buyō evening
Shellfish carnage at the obligatory fall kräftskiva, biophysicists edition.
July weekend on Åreskutan, 4650′ high in the Swedish ‘Alps.’
Åre gamla kyrka
Åre from above
We stayed for the views, but came for the food—thanks to guest Jenny and a wait-list opening at Fäviken, Magnus Nilsson’s Michelin-starred treasure in nearby Järpen.
chard, oat, rhubarb
Pappy van Winkle tasting, far from home
Accommodations at Tott Hotell Åre were an equally pleasant surprise. Would love to see this magic mount in its winter glory…
Tott from above
Åreälven from Tott pool
spa-side mountain views
Catching up with our California community at a mini urban learn-fest, in the vein of Above the Trees:
poetry by Quynh
LED democracy with Grant
collage art with Diana
crowd-sourced songwriting with Jeremy
nonviolent communication with Jenn
collaborative drawing with Wendy
…including a chance to unpack the liquid nitrogen-ice cream skills:
instant ice cream
Whetting our appetites with douro, percebes and pasteis during a Lisbon work weekend (cut even shorter by flight delays); hope to see more of Portugal soon.
pasteis de nata
lisbon’s most wanted
Sunday full of Stockholm traditions, from Santa Run to Skansen.
Beer brewing at Skansen
Kolbulle pork pancakes
Moose train, Berzelii Park
Sunday evening in Dundrum, Ireland.