Sunday, July 25, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
We made our first port of call today on the afternoon of the conference, a visit to a charming little town called Gorodets that has nearly a thousand year history. The town was found in 1152. Prince Aleksandr Nevsky died here. There was a statue of the prince. The above is a picture of me standing in front one of their Master Craftsmen’s house with the prince’s statue on the up right corner. I did not go into the house behind me when everyone else did, too much walking.
In the evening there was the conference opening party on the upper deck plenty of all kinds of foods with lots of Vodka’s around, I settled for my usual orange juice.
Monday, July 12, 2010
There were 40 people from that flight supposedly to come to this conference. The organizer had prepared a big bus to take us all to the boat. The Russian immigration officer took time to check out each and everyone before let everyone in. I waited outside his booth for at least 10 minutes before got my pass. The bus ride was kind of long and slowly went across the city to come to the boat harbor. It was close to mid-night and naturally dark outside so we did not see much. It’s a relatively small boat with only three floors of cabins. No comparison to ocean cruise ships here. But all in all a reasonably comfortable arrangement.
I guess I must be tired, I fall soundly sleep before waking up in the morning.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I am getting ready to go to Russia tomorrow to attend the FNP, Frontier of Nonlinear Physics, 2010 Conference onboard a Volga River boat cruise. It will be an adventure. I will be presenting an invited talk in the mini-symposia “Rogue Waves in Nature” next Sunday. Until then I should just relax and enjoy the adventure. I pray God to keep me safe and sound for the weeklong cruise.