Big thanks to Becky, Helena and Tony for making my manic London-Scotland trip possible.
A Saturday trip to the Peak District made me finally accept that life in London might not be that bad. A leisurely start at 7am, a massive breakfast at Grindleford station cafe made for a very civilized start of the day. Some local knowledge obtained from friendly climbing shop in Hathersage pointed us to Lawrencefield, which was getting plenty of sun and was shielded by trees from the wind.
There were no other climbers there, so we could do the most popular routes without any trouble.
There’s not much time or scope for big outdoor adventures, unfortunately, even though English countryside can provide some taxing expeditions like the Brighton to Lewis walk:
I have since been to Edinburgh and did a short walk in Pentlands, which just made me miss Scotland even more, because the weather was lovely, if a bit windy.
I also went to Prague with JJ for Christmas, where we had time for some skiing and ice-skating.
“Indeed, there is nothing more vexing, for instance, than to be rich, of respectable family, of decent appearence, good education, not stupid, even kind, and at the same time to have no talents, no particularity, no oddity even, not a single idea of one’s own, to be decidedly like everybody else.”
Here are some pictures of Institut Mittag-Leffler, and of the participants at the Stochastic Partial Differential Equations Workshop.
…so maybe I can at least watch others climbing on television: http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/greatclimb/.
Update.The show has been cancelled due to bad weather.