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4 years!

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Last friday four years ago I came to the UK! Happy Anniversary 🙂


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September 20, 2010 at 10:11 am

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View at Charles de Gaulle airport shortly before boarding to Narita. I only really realised how unbelievably friendly people in Japan were when I arrived in Paris. I haven’t been treated nearly as badly for the whole week in Japan like in the 30 minutes stop over in Paris 🙂 ..

I’m flying back to Switzerland today for Christmas. I haven’t been back home for maybe .. 9 months!

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December 20, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Posted in Basel, Switzerland, Travel

3 years

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Wow. Today, it’s exactly 3 years since I left Switzerland..

The arrival – just arrived on campus

One year – finished master, starting phd

Two years – hm still doing phd

Now – ack, still doing phd!

How will September 2010 look like? That’s quite undefined. I try to finish the thesis around then, but what happens afterwards is completely undefined. I probably won’t (and can’t, and don’t want to) stay at QM however I wouldn’t want to leave London already. In any way, I don’t have too much time to decide as (any kind of) job search takes a lot of time here. I keep you posted on my decisions 🙂

I think I haven’t mentioned this here, but my latest paper has been accepted for publication and I’ll present it at the Formal Methods Week in Eindhoven in November! Quite cool.

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September 17, 2009 at 10:05 am

Posted in english, London, Switzerland, UK

Eiertuetschis explained to an English person

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Well, last night I made the mistake and tried to explain the tradition of Eiertuetschis to an English friend. Let’s say it did not match his kind of humour. His response was sarcastically “well, your weekend must have gone by very quickly”.

That was kind of funny 🙂

Spitz uf Gupf, and Gupf uf Spitz are just elements which are very hard to bring across lively.

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April 18, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Posted in english, Switzerland


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This Thursday, I’m going back to Basel for a quick Easter holiday! Looking forward to that .. even though there’s probably quite a bit of work to do.

The picture above shows some pretty cool shape I found in my office, built out of train tickets. My best guess would be that it’s a nonconvex cubicuboctahedron .. or possibly something else.

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April 7, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Graubuenden on the Tube

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I’m thinking of making a Tube category since I post so many underground related things. Anyway, I noticed Laax and Graubuenden Tourism is running ads on the tube! Here’s a picture. It says “SNOW?!” but the S and ? are only outlined.


Written by jk

January 14, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Posted in english, Switzerland

A Fresh Start in the Alps

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Recently, when I was flipping through NewScientist, I found an article about Switzerland and how great a place it is for UK scientists. That’s great news. The article first describes a few popular places to go to: IBM research in Rueschlikon (not sure how I would feel in Rueschlikon though. The sound alone invokes one or the other unpleasant reflexes). Nevertheless, IBM has interesting research going on there. Next in the list is of course ETH/EPFL which naturally come up when you speak about Switzerland and science. Third is CERN and its LHC-fame.

Lastly, the article describes a British PhD student puzzled by his high salary at IBM. Looking at the salaries in academia in UK I’m sure he earned as much as his professor back in England.

Anyway, it’s nice to know my home country is a somewhat safe fallback option or so.

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December 25, 2008 at 10:36 am

Posted in english, Switzerland, UK