Yesterday was an absolutely stunning day. The temperature was a civilized 20 Celsius, there was a gentle breeze, and the blue sky was accented with just the right amount of clouds to provide temporary relief from the sun.
And just like that, the software design course that I’ve been teaching at Dalian Nationalities University (DNU) has come to an end. This means that I will soon be heading to the airport to board the first in a series of shiny metal lawn darts that will eventually bring me back to Guelph.
Something happened earlier this month that I think is worthy of celebrating. Unfortunately, I completely missed it until now. And for someone who loves numbers and spreadsheets, it’s rather amazing that this slipped my notice.
Today was a rather beautiful day in Dalian. The smog that had been blanketing the city earlier this week had disappeared, leaving behind an almost perfectly clear sky and temperatures meant for sauntering around without fear of melting.
Yesterday marked the end of week two of the three-week course that I’m offering at Dalian Nationalities University. By next Sunday, I’ll be finished my teaching duties and getting ready to head to Taipei for the g0v Summit with Nic.
I have been on sabbatical for twenty days, give or take. Given that I’m currently in the future, and my brain never seems to be able to process the space-time continuum, it may be slightly more or slightly less than twenty days. For now, let’s just agree that time travel is challenging even for those…
After roughly 75 days and travelling more than 1.3 times the circumference of the earth in 37 different glorified metal lawn darts, you might think that my travel adventures are coming to a close for the year. Fortunately for me, that’s not the case.
Having arrived in Dalian early Sunday morning after an extended amount of time spent aboard a glorified metal lawn dart, it should come as no surprise that I unceremoniously poured myself into bed the moment I arrived at my hotel.
After approximately eleventy-billion hours on board two separate shiny metal lawn darts, I have found my way back to Dalian, China. As mentioned in previous posts, I’m here to teach a course and give two invited talks at Dalian Nationalities University (DNU).
Just in time for my sabbatical, the almost completely renovated Reynolds Building has opened. This means that after more than 20 months I am no longer an officeless professor, wandering campus in search of a workstation with an appropriate supply of coffee.