I have spent the last few days on the island of Terceira sitting at the Seismology of the Sun and the Distant Stars 2016 – Using Today’s Successes to Prepare the Future Joint TASC2 & KASC9 Workshop – SPACEINN & HELAS8 Conference. I presented some results from my most recent work in a poster entitled “The influence of rotation on the asteroseismic fingerprint of slowly pulsating B (and Be) stars in the Kepler field”. Besides the science, we watched the Portuguese go crazy and celebrate all night long after their national team won the UEFA Euro 2016, and we also got to see a bit of the island itself thanks to a guided tour on one of the afternoons. The coolest part of this was undoubtedly a visit to the Algar do Carvão, an ancient lava tube or volcanic vent located in the central part of the island.
Last week we spent five full days in the Black Forest in Germany. We stayed in the quite village of Hinterzarten (which can be reached by train from Leuven via Liege – Cologne – Freiburg), did three not too heavy but rather scenic hikes around the region (to the highest point of the Black Forest, to a nearby lake, and through the local gorge), and also visited the city of Freiburg. We were quite lucky with the weather, it was perfect for the hikes, as it was mild, sunny, and it only rained for an afternoon. I had way too many slices of schwarzwald cake, and plenty of nice food in the local restaurants/hotels (except for the first day, when we visited the Italian place nearby), and Clio was very happy to be outside in a nice forest. Unluckily during our stay the Belgians got also kicked out of the European Championships, but yeah, you can not have everything :D