I was pleased to make a trip to my old stomping grounds of Florida, even more so because I was chased out of town by a huge snow storm that shut down the University for only the 3rd time in its entire history (they HATE to cancel classes here). I was on the only flight that actually made it out of Illinois, which was quite fortunate for me.
Florida was just how I remembered it. I was sunny and 70 degrees, there were palm trees and strip malls as far as the eye could see. I had a bit of the afternoon to myself before dinner so I walked around downtown in Lake Eola park, across the street from where I was staying. It was great to spend time outdoors without a coat while everyone back home was suffering under 8 inches of snow. I even got to have breakfast at First Watch, a place I frequented while living in Tampa.
Another fortunate decision was to tack my trip to Kentucky on directly from Florida. I flew to Nashville, completely avoiding Illinois’s mess. Although it was chilly in Bowling Green, Kentucky, I didn’t have to trudge around in the snow. I didn’t know what to expect from Kentucky, but I actually liked Bowling Green quite a bit. I had Thai and Indian food, both easily vegetarian, and I didn’t expect to find good ethnic food in a smaller southern city.
I really enjoyed both of these visits. Once again the people I met were wonderful. I had lovely conversations about academic and non-academic things. I found most everyone I met to be incredibly collegial and generous. I met some really bright and engaged students. Even though it was exhausting to go from one meeting to the next, I enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people and learn about opportunities in my field that are different from the ones I’ve experienced at the schools I’ve attended.
Up next, delays delays delays. First I visit Michigan, and then Pennsylvania.