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No, that’s not a typo, it’s actually how you spell “Cardiff” in Welsh…

I apologize for going almost a whole week without even a brief post, but I’ve been in Wales at the Amaldi Conference since my last post.

As you can probably imagine I’ve been insanely busy, what with 16+ lectures a day, work, meeting people and trying to see a little bit of Cardiff.

I had a wonderful surprise when I got here and discovered my friend L. came all the way from Texas to attend the conference. L. and I lived together earlier this summer on South Padre Island, TX where we were two of very few girls at the UTB Summer School on Gravitational Wave Astronomy. It was a very fun, but difficult program and the students grew pretty close commiserating over General Relativity homework around the pool.

UTB on South Padre Island, TX

I was thrilled to see L. Here, she didn’t warn me she was coming at all. I thought I was going insane when I heard someone calling my name in a southern accent in Wales.

So most of my week would probably be quite boring to most of you (for an overview on the topic of the conference see my last post) but we did get some time to relax our brains and see a few cool things outside of the lecture halls.

Cardiff Castle:

In the center of town there is a small castle that has some features dating back 2000 years. Unfortunately most of what’s there now is a restoration after WWII, however, some pretty cool original architecture managed to survive. My favorite part was the Norman keep, perched a top a mont and surrounded by a moat.

If you feel up to braving the numerous, narrow (and apparently alliterative) steps then you’re rewarded with an amazing view of the city. Despite being totally unprepared in my heels it was worth the climb.

We didn’t get much free time in the city, but I think ours was well spent visiting the castle.

The National Museum: 

Last night we had a banquet at the Cardiff National Museum. It was by far the best venue they could have chosen. We had our reception I the French Impressionist gallery. The had a surprisingly impressive collection of Monet, Cézanne, Rodin, Morisot and one of the most beautiful Van Gogh’s I have ever seen:

Van Gogh: Landscape at Auvers in the Rain

(In case you can’t tell I’m a huge art fan. Studio art and art history are by far my favorite classes outside of Physics.)

This was then followed by a delightful dinner in the great hall. I think everyone had a great time and the banquet was a huge success (proven by the fact only a hand full of us showed up on time for the first lecture the next morning)

All in all Cardiff was wonderful (despite all the excess consonants in the Welsh language) but now I’m back home in Manchester. It’s odd to think I only have a week left here in the UK. Then a few short weeks of some family time (and continuing work on my internship) then back to school. Where did my summer go?!

Goals for the Summer (or what’s left of it):

    • finish my program for my internship
    • study for the GRE
    • figure out who I want to research under in the fall  (Astrophysics vs Condensed Matter)
    •  go to as many Tae Kwon Do classes as possible







































~ Do you have any goals for the rest of the summer?


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