Busy times here at work. We are hiring a new office assistant, and we’re trying to get that done before I rush off to Europe. And on the home front, there’s a lot going on. Wiscon coming up, getting ready for the big trip, supportive wife stuff. All this makes for a very full life.
Some of you have been asking about my upcoming trip abroad. A writer friend, Catrina Horsfield, and I are going on a writer research trip. She’s going to research Finnish culture, and I want to get a good look at the nature and folklore of Norway. I will eventually use this information in the rewrite of the troll book, as well as the sequel to it. Here’s the itinerary for the trip.
June 10: Arrive in Helsinki.
–We plan to be in Helsinki for three days. We will visit the Akseli Gallen-Kallela Museum in Espoo (Catrina is also an artist), and have an excursion planned to go to the Suomenlinna Fortress.
June 13: Arrive in Turku
–We plan to be in Turku, the old capitol of Finland, for two days.
June 18: Arrive in Balestrand
–Visiting Balestrand is all about exploring the beautiful natural area around the Sognefjord.
June 20: Bergen
–We’ll take a cruise to Bergen and spend the next two days enjoying the town. On the 22nd we fly out for our respective cities in the U.S.
So, that’s the skeleton of our plan. As a professor, I’ve been on research trips frequently, and I look forward to this one. Eventually, I’ll sift through the data I gather here.