A brief stop in Hong Kong to visit the Chinese University of Hong Kong and to hike above the city at Lions Head.
When I was invited to visit a colleague at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), to present a lecture about my research, I jumped at the chance. I have visited Hong Kong once before, briefly, almost 20 years ago(!). So on this two-and-a-half day visit I was pleased to experience a bit more of this lovely city, listed as #44 on the New York Times’ list of 52 Places to Go in 2019. Read on, and check out the photo gallery. Continue reading “Hong Kong”
An exploration of the ruins of historic Vijayanagara civilization, once one of the largest and richest cities in the world.
On my very first visit to India in 2007 I learned about an amazing historic site called Hampi. Although we lived in Bangalore for much of the following year, and Hampi is in the same state, we never managed to find the time for a visit. (Even today, with a new four-lane highway almost completed, it is a 6-8 hour drive from Bangalore to Hampi.) So I’ve kept it on my mental to-do list. And now, it seems, the New York Times has listed it as #2 on its list of “52 places to go in 2019”.
Last week I was in Bangalore to speak at a conference, and next week I need to be in Hong Kong to visit a university, so I had this weekend free. I finally had my chance to visit Hampi! I spent two and a half days exploring this incredible place. Read on, and check out the photo gallery. Continue reading “Hampi, India”
A return to Bangalore and my discovery of what has changed over four years.
Every time I return to Bangalore it feels a little like returning home. My family and I lived at IISc in Bangalore for a year, back in 2008-09, and I came to think of its streets and sounds and smells as my home. I had the good fortune to return every January for six years (2010 through 2015), but hadn’t been back for four years. Although my visit was short – not quite three days – it was fun to walk the streets of the city and the paths of the campus and see what’s new. Read on. Continue reading “Back to Bangalore”