I tore my down jacket on the eve of a sunny but cold weekend; such bad timing! But such tears should be repaired soon anyway. You don't want to lose your down! When I got home after the incident I rummaged a bit in my drawers, looking for something to repair the jacket with. I found an old lanyard of a suitable size and shape in there. Excellent! It said 'the fan experience'; I thought it would be fun to stitch the word 'experience' over the tears. This experience hopefully taught me to keep my jacket away from sharp rock! And the strike gave me the time to do it. I think it worked! I hope my repairs will last. And that I will get to test it in the mountains soon!
This blog started as a tool to keep my Dutch friends informed on my whereabouts when I moved abroad. It quickly also became an external memory for my own use. It largely failed as a stage for discussions on whatever is worth discussing. And it has become a way of sharing my scientific knowledge with a lay audience. And who knows, it could become even more! And whatever it is you are looking for among all this: welcome.