Peregrinations

I’m off this afternoon for a bit more than two weeks.  I’ll be giving a biology seminar at the University of Valencia in Spain (where I’m also promised the best paella in town), and then a plenary talk at the Third Congress of the Spanish Society for Evolutionary Biology (Sociedad Española de Biología Evolutiva) in Madrid.  And of course I’ll have a few days of vacation as well: why go all that way and not have some fun?

While I’ll attempt to check in from time to time, I suspect I won’t have much time to write here.  I’ll start regular posting again at the beginning of December. In the meantime, pinch-bloggers Greg Mayer and Matthew Cobb will be filling in when they can.

Hasta la proxima!

 

 


47 Comments

  1. Posted November 16, 2011 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Well, then — happy Thanksgiving!

    Cheers,

    b&

  2. Lee Phelan
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Have a good trip, Jerry. Bring back lots of pics and in the words of Dylan, some “Spanish boots of Spanish leather”.

  3. Ray Moscow
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Vaya con la evolución!

    Both cities are really nice, as I recall.

  4. Dominic
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    You do get around! Look out for the Spanish Lynx…

  5. Bubalus
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Will they have Q&A sessions?

    ….No-one expects the Spanish Inquisition…

    • yam
      Posted November 16, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

      I saw what you did there…

  6. Posted November 16, 2011 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    DON’T miss the Rastro street market in Madrid!

    • BilBy
      Posted November 17, 2011 at 5:01 am | Permalink

      I’ll second that

      • Mark Antony Heath
        Posted November 17, 2011 at 7:21 am | Permalink

        I’ll third that….

  7. Posted November 16, 2011 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Weird! I’m in Barcelona this week.
    [Insert Twilight Zone theme]

    …it must be a sign from god! 🙂

    • Ray Moscow
      Posted November 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

      Me, too — but in 2 weeks.

  8. Nom de Plume
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    ¡Paella!

    And you’re going to be right in its birthplace. Have some for me.

  9. Posted November 16, 2011 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Check our Sorolla’s house while you are there. We lived nearby earlier this year. He’s an excellent painter!

  10. randyextry
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    “Pinch-bloggers?” I’m sure you meant “pinch-websiters.”

    • daveau
      Posted November 16, 2011 at 11:25 am | Permalink

      Good catch! Hoist by his own petard!

      • Matthew Cobb
        Posted November 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

        Jerry websites (what kind of a verb is that??), Greg and I blog, I guess.

        • Posted November 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

          How many times do they have to tell you? Nouns hate it when somebody verbs them!

          b&

          • TrineBM
            Posted November 17, 2011 at 12:25 am | Permalink

            Which makes it even more fun for us to verb ahead. The squealing they make whilst being verbed is hilarious.

            • Posted November 17, 2011 at 6:42 am | Permalink

              Why…why…why — you noun-verber! I bet you even adverbialize gerundistic participlizations! Disgusting!

              b&

              • TrineBM
                Posted November 17, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

                (I’m a nounverber, me, Iyam) But I’d NEVER touch a participlization with a ten-foot-pole! Or should I say: I’d never pole a participlization with a …. (nevermind) I might bottle it though.

              • Posted November 17, 2011 at 10:27 am | Permalink

                I haven’t tried bottling participlizations yet; I’ve preferred to simply crush them and drink them fresh. You should try it with a sprig of interjectionating! Quite refreshing on a summer afternoon.

                Cheers,

                b&

          • Dominic
            Posted November 17, 2011 at 2:12 am | Permalink

            I have a suspicion that verbs evolved from nouns.

    • bsk
      Posted November 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      Haha, beat me to it 😛

  11. James Walker
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Have a great trip! I was there for a conference a few years ago and had a very nice restaurant at a place called La Taberna de Marisa (I can dig up the address if you’re interested).

  12. Lynn Wilhelm
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Have a great time.

  13. will
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Oh my gosh, Jerry — this first letter from one of Andrew Sullivan’s “readers” sounds precisely like you. At any rate, it’s an excellent observation that Andrew invents his own religion as he goes along.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/11/what-is-god.html

    • Dominic
      Posted November 17, 2011 at 2:16 am | Permalink

      Interesting – Sullivan does not want us to believe in a bearded discrete god (does god not shave? Is there no cosmic razor?) yet the bible is full of god as a discrete being separate from creation – so he moves over the face of the waters, therefore must have a body.

  14. Toni Clark
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Oh, that food looks soooo good. Yeah, I bet you’ll get new boots! Will miss your posts.

    toni

  15. Bob Carlson
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    A great book to read before or after visiting Spain would be The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean, by David Abulafia.

  16. Posted November 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Great paella in the picture, but that’s not an actual valencian paella. The valencian paella nowadays known as that has not any seafood, but rabitt and chicken, amongnst some vegetables. Seafood paella uses (not surprise here) seafood, and in a mixed paella you would find a combination of both. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paella#Valencian_paella

    Most probably you will find you are offered a mixed paella, which have the most fame amongst tourist. Well, is great, you should try it. But don’t miss the chance if you can to try a genuine valencian paella.

    And anyway, paella has a complex cooking procedure, so you will have to wait a bit since you order it; at least forty minutes. It’s not a guarantee, but less time and you are probably tasting a re-heated one.

    I hope your hosts will take you to a good place, but take note on my advice.

    And yes, I’m a spanish living in spain. Good luck here!!

    • jose
      Posted November 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

      No sabía yo que al arroz con conejo lo llamaban paella en Valencia!

      • Posted November 17, 2011 at 2:24 am | Permalink

        You can have rice cooked with rabitt that is not a paella. Paella is defined by the pan you use to do it, the cooking procedure (very specific) and the ingredients, of course.

  17. Posted November 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    BTW that http://www.lacocinadejuanry.es/imagenes/paella.jpg would look more like it. Less great in the eye, but a great experience to the taste.

  18. Marella
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t been to Spain, but everyone I know who has loved it. Enjoy!

  19. agentwhim
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    When in Madrid, don’t miss…
    http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187514-d795258-Reviews-El_Bogavante_de_Almirante-Madrid.html

  20. Keith
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    I love paella! That look delightful; happy travels, one and all.

    • Tim
      Posted November 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      I was going to say the same thing – that paella has my mouth watering! Have Fun, Jerry!

  21. Derek
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    ¡Qué tenga un buen viaje!

  22. Julien Rousseau
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    I hope you enjoy your trip.

  23. Launcher
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    With regard to the Velázquez painting: if you happen to have time to see Barcelona, check out the several dozen interpretations of ‘Las Meninas’ that Picasso painted in 1957, on display at the Museu Picasso. Wonderful.

  24. Diego
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    ¡Buen provecho, profesor!

    Make sure you schedule plenty of time for the Prado and the Reina Sofía. And there are two very cool day trips from Madrid you might try.

    The Valle de los Caídos is an interesting visit in the beautiful Sierra de Guadarrama. It’s mainly fascinating for the glimpse into the monumental extravagance of a fascist state.

    The other great day trip I’d suggest is to visit Toledo. The picturesque walled city is cool enough on its own. Throw in works by El Greco, great metalwork, and good food and it’s an essential visit.

  25. Still learning
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Yay! And when you come back, you can post a travelblog with your pics and comments. Looking forward to it. I loved Spain when I was there.

  26. grrbear
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Paella! You cannot get an authentic one in the U.S. Enjoy it!

    • Posted November 17, 2011 at 12:30 am | Permalink

      Well, maybe either one of my sisters living there could help. (joking there, they don’t have a restaunrant1)

      Besides, it’s complex, but it’s not a hard recipe. The worst part would be getting some ingredients. Anyone dares to try it and tell us how did it go?

  27. JBlilie
    Posted November 17, 2011 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Miss not el Museo del Prado, my favorite museum in Europe!*

    I love Velásquez.

    (* Right up there with the Van Gogh, the Orsay, the Rodin museum, L’Orangerie, Galleria degli Uffizi, and Galleria dell’ Accademia)

  28. Popa Dominic
    Posted November 17, 2011 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    That painting in this post is Sister Wendy’s favorite painting. She is the cloistered Roman Catholic nun who became a self-styled art expert. Just thought you might like to know that you and a nun have one thing in common. :^)

  29. Posted November 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Jerry, You deserve every paid vacation that comes your way. You are cordially invited to lecture at CFI Indiana if you pay your own way.
    I wish we could afford a visit from you.


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