Yesterday, Paul, Michael and I set off to Brno, Czech Republic.  Herbert was giving a talk at 8:30 a.m., so we left at 5:30 a.m.  We went to Herbert’s talk, and to a few other talks at the conference (Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science).  One of the talks was cancelled because all of the authors was sick.  I found that humorous.

Now, the city of Brno.  It’s very cheap, that is for sure.  However, it was raining (clearly the city’s fault), and there were no traffic laws … it seemed.  It was the norm to have intersections with no stop signs and no traffic light (in fact, this was most of the intersections).  I was standing on the sidewalk reading the menu for a restaurant, when I was nearly run over by a car driving on the sidewalk.  Anything goes.  It was bizarre.  And, driving home, cars were just driving on the wrong side of the road like it was not a problem, even on curves.  Most of the time, they were attempting to aggressively pass someone, but sometimes I think they were just driving on the other side of the road.  I guess since the lines on the road were white and not yellow, that is allowed?  I don’t understand.  But, I made it back to Klosterneuburg in one piece.  That was all we wanted by the end of the day.


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