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Musings about life across the big pond by Burr and Natalie Settles.

Published: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 15:00:03 +0000


Farewell, Cambridge.

Fri, 18 May 2007 18:43:38 +0000

Tomorrow morning we leave England, and this adventure is coming to a close. It has been a great experience here (for a multitude of reasons), but I think we really are ready to go back now… after past adventures, we’ve found ourselves dreading the idea of returning to the Midwest and our daily Madison grinds, [...]

Feeling Continental.

Wed, 09 May 2007 11:50:04 +0000

Natalie and I got back a couple days ago after a nice long trip in the Benelux region (Netherlands & Belgium) last week. I can’t possibly catch up on the cool stuff we did or saw, so I’ll just give you some highlights: APRIL 28: LEIDEN. We got up at 3AM to go by bike, train, [...]


Fri, 27 Apr 2007 14:33:17 +0000

Tomorrow we get up at 3AM to bike to the station to catch the train to go to the airport to fly us to Amsterdam, where we hop on another train to Leiden where we will visit our friends Eric & Elisabeth and kick off a week of living out of backpacks through Benelux. Wow, [...]

Craigelachie + ‘S Rioghal Mo Dhream.

Tue, 24 Apr 2007 12:41:17 +0000

Natalie and I just got back from a few days up in Scotland. This mini-adventure was very meaningful to both of us, because as far as we can tell it’s the the only common ancestry we know we have. Natalie is over 3/4 Scandinavian, with a lot of her ancestors immigrating in the last 2-3 [...]


Wed, 18 Apr 2007 23:29:46 +0000

Over the last week Natalie and I have gotten to visit with a few beloved friends & family over in this hemisphere. First, the day after Easter we took a day trip to London and met up with my cousin Kristen, who up until November was working in Surrey as a large animal veterinarian (now [...]

Cambridge Coffee + London Gig.

Fri, 06 Apr 2007 18:31:21 +0000

I’m writing this post from the Starbuck’s inside the Borders downtown, just a spit from the Cambridge market square. I’m taking a break from work to update the old blog… but I’ll have to upload it later since there’s surprisingly no Internet connection here. I come here to work a lot, in fact. It’s easy [...]

London Fawming.

Mon, 26 Mar 2007 17:31:58 +0000

I took the above photo yesterday in Regent’s Park, London. The folks here are part of an informal gathering of “fawmers” (participants in the FAWM.ORG challenge I help organize) that we set up here in the UK… plus a few friends who were along for the fun. Present here are, clockwise from front: my jacket, [...]

Bath, Stonehenge, and Time Warps.

Sun, 25 Mar 2007 00:36:51 +0000

Last weekend, on St. Patrick’s Day, we rode some trains out to Bath. I say trains (plural) because we not only had to go from Cambridge to London, but en route to Bath from London, we had to dismount our train in Swindon. Apparently a “lorry” (truck) was oversized and ran into a bridge ahead [...]

Greek to Me.

Wed, 21 Mar 2007 14:01:05 +0000

Two of the Ph.D. students in the group at the Cambridge Computing Lab I’ve gotten to know pretty well here are Greek. As in, from Greece… their names are Andreas and Nikiforos (or Niki). Now, since I’m letting my hair grow out long, it’s at this annoying intermediate stage where I must wear hats all [...]


Fri, 16 Mar 2007 10:37:58 +0000

I’m going to hijack my own post for a minute to admit that I had reservations about doing a blog. I wish I could tell you about the quiet triumphs in my day–the professional discoveries, satisfying work, a concept mastered, new people with whom to collaborate. However, very little of that is appropriate for general [...]