Koster currents

Three days on Sydkoster, Sweden’s sunny western tip.

Kosters Trädgårder offered a special respite from urban life, punctuated by graceful lessons in permaculture.

We capped off the week performing in the serene Kosters Kyrka with Akademiska Kören, under the sunkissed hand of Håkan Sund. Till next time, Koster—

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Science after the storm

index_images2018 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!

Savoring Jämtland

July weekend on Åreskutan, 4650′ high in the Swedish ‘Alps.’

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.

Accommodations at Tott Hotell Åre were an equally pleasant surprise. Would love to see this magic mount in its winter glory…

Peek above the bushes

Catching up with our California community at a mini urban learn-fest, in the vein of Above the Trees:

…including a chance to unpack the liquid nitrogen-ice cream skills: