Out the window this morning – I discovered why it we heard so many trains last night. Should I also mention that it would not have been as cold if we had realized the balcony door was open?


On the way to the conference, there was a small forest of masts as we were barely 50 meters from from Bodensee (Lake Constance to you English speakers)


The conference itself was held at the old Zollhaus (Customs House), recently renovated and used for programs and conferences.


Since you can travel across the lake easily to Switzerland and Austria from here (and bring in goods), it is not surprising that there is a long standing history of placing costs on businesses and travelers. This is the base of the commemorative plinth, along with the top facing out to the water.

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The conference was sponsored by ESE (Embedded Systems Engineering) on “High-tech for a better future” featuring developments in biology, environment and health care (now you know why I was interested). Since it is also their 10th year anniversary there was a small matter of a dinner in the evening.

Between the programs’ end and dinner I did not transcribe my notes. Instead, I walked into and around town, capturing this crew of garden gnomes looking to enter a house.


The multi-course meal was interspersed with all the expected speaches, a jazz band, and a pair of magicians. At 2230, my head was aching with the noise and I hiked back to the hotel.


A little more progress on the socks while listening to the last few tracks of Fluke.




What you can not see is the small sign that happens to casually mention a date some 200 years in the past. The building is well preserved (plaster/stucco covers a lot of faults) while the iron work is safe behind the newer glass.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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One Response to Educational

  1. Joanne says:

    You make me want to get on a plane and fly to Europe…now!

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