I just got back from a very pleasant week in Rome at the Cocoon Get Together, catching up with old friends and colleagues.
I would really like to thank Simone Gianni and his team for doing such a great job of organising and running the event, plus Gabriele and Maurizio for various extra-curricular activities they arranged : )
Rome is a beautiful city, the weather was lovely, the last touch of summer (my photos so far).
I have just published the talk I was honoured to give, the other talks are available here.
Being such a guilt-ridden eco-freak (and having flown to the West Indies twice this year already) I decided to go by train. London to Paris on Eurostar, a night staying with friends, the Artesia sleeper to Rome the next night.
I love travelling on trains, you meet people. Our couchette compartment was a magnet all night for drink and wild conversation. British, Italians, French, Russians and Americans, it was a gas.
The downside is that it is really expensive compared to flying and our sleeper carriage was in a very poor state of repair. I was in the same carriage in both directions, it had 2 toilets, 3 washrooms. 2 of the washrooms had the door broken off, 1 toilet and washroom had no water.
But everyone was so nice about it : )