I don’t have TV, I don’t go to cinema and basically I’m not too much into movies and series. I sometimes watch something on internet but otherwise I prefer reading.
But recently I found two “programs” that engaged me a lot. They struck not the part of me that watch movies but the one that loves attending conferences and learn something from others.
The first one is Harvard University’s JUSTICE with Michael Sandel – a course about justice and values in general, with many concrete examples to think about. The content and the speaker are great, but the equally good part are discussions with/among students.
My other suggestion is TED – TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and the website offers more then 1400 recorded talks from many TED conferences. TED is well-known, but maybe you’re like me – I know about TED for a long time, I watched few talks but never bothered to explore it too deep. It’s changing now – I’m going through the list of most popular talks and pick what I’m interested in. I watched mere 25 videos so far, but every single one was worth of it, so there are surely many more in front of me.
And don’t be afraid if you’re not a big fan of technology – the talks are pretty much about everything. Just few examples:
Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education
Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation
Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work
Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story
Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food
or even Poetry
Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter …
In the end I won’t process photos from Norway during long winter evenings, I did it during a short autumn afternoon.
Some information about the action: I flew to Ålesund on the fourth August (a connection from London Gatwick to Norway is excellent) and took a bus directly to Moa shopping center. I bought some supplies and although I had some unexpected troubles with getting maps, I succeeded eventually. There is a bus terminal in Moa, so it’s quite a good starting place. I went just a short way to Festøya and finally set out.
The first part of my route led along Hjørund Fjord to Sæebø village – it was longer than I expected because I lost the path in one place. I took a ferry in Sæebø to Lekneset, bought delicious bread in Urke and set out for more mountains. I walked around Sloden and because I didn’t come up with a good route to my next sub-goal (Sunnylven), I descended the next day again (to Skylstad) and hitchhiked to Sunnylven. There I took a tourist ferry (expensive, but with commentary in Norwegian, German and English) through Geiranger Fjord. Because it was already an evening, I contended with a camp in Geiranger (and I also appreciated a shower).
In the local tourist information office, I learnt nothing about my planned route – they obviously count only with tourists going to the ferry or by car to the Troll Path. My plan was a four-day trek in the area northeast of Geiranger, but unfortunately I failed to pass through the critical place – there was an overhand of snow in the highest point of the route, the rope was under snow and it all didn’t look safe. I scrambled there half the day in rain and I really didn’t feel like going back. But I had no option.
I thought up an alternative from Sylte (I moved there by a bus) – I walked through easier terrain to Tresfjord in the north and went to Ålesund from there. In the evening I pitched my tent in the wild near to the airport and caught my plane back to England in the morning (14th August).
Photos from a three-day trek in Brecon Beacons in south Wales. It should have been originally four-day, but I shortened it because of rain.
I’m still far behind schedule in publishing photos; at least I’ve finally added photos from my May holiday in England.
These newly added photos are from a trip to Orlík on Easter Monday.
I’ve finally paid on of my arrears and uploaded some photos of “utility” bikes taken in Copenhagen. I’d never seen such bikes before so they really drew my attention.
Because my work in Denmark ends, I had to settle on a new project and a new location. In the end, Cheltenham won – it’s a spa town in Gloucestershire in England, halfway between Birmingham and Bristol (it seems that better air connection to Prague will be from Bristol) and it has population somewhat over hundred thousand.
Its surroundings look pleasantly rolling, I think it will be superb for cycling. It’s also only a short way to South Wales – there are several interesting national parks and especially mountains (the highest one, Pen y Fan, has 886 meters).
Well-known horse reacing is organized in Cheltenham every year – it’s not that I’m too interested in horse racing, but it’s now in the middle of March, so I might use the opportunity and visit it. Cheltenham also hosts several festivals, I’m attracted particularly by the literature and science ones, but there are more, e.g. a jazz festival.
I’ll be there in person just in two weeks and then I’ll start a proper exploration.
Amazon rescued me on Wednesday because when the ordered books arrived, only two pages had left in my last book. I wouldn’t have had anything to read even on the way home. By the way, I already read Airframe in the meantime, it was impossible to lay it aside.
On the other hand, they refused to send any food to Denmark, including chili sauces. And I spent the last rest of Naga Red Headhunter on Wednesday dinner.
Last Friday was J-day, i.e. the day when the Danish Christmas beer (Julebryg) is released to market and that’s naturally a reason for a great party. Believe me or not, I completely forgot about it and I didn’t remember until Saturday morning when I saw Danes supporting each other in streets, as well as empty bottles, broken glasses and so on. Obviously, the celebrated dutifully.
I regret it a bit, I would surely go to see it somewhere “for research reasons” - but on the other hand I would certainly not go running on Saturday morning.
By the way, I was running near to Hellerup along the coast and I saw several Danes who looked like they were going to swim or they already had swum. But I saw nobody in water, so they probably didn’t spent much time there.
Last Friday I turned up on a reception at Czech embassy in Copenhagen, which was held at the occasion of the Day of establishment of Czechoslovakia. I missed the ambassador’s speech and that was actually the whole program, if I don’t count the feast and the band. So at least I fed myself and had a chat with few people. Nevertheless I look forward to some good beer and that one poured out of small bottles was quite disappointing.
After the official part, also an unofficial part took place. Mostly Czech was (finally) spoken there, Czech songs were played and beer was finishing. And when I was leaving, around 1 a.m., the party was still in full swing.
Quite pleasant event.