Category Archives: Travel

Places 2012

I’ve combined my year end list of travel destinations (previously: 20072008200920102011). Last winter, I travelled to the Bay Area several times for interviews. I stayed in a few different towns (Sunnyvale, San Jose), but for simplicity I only included San Francisco. I also drove across the country again, which explains the stops in Laramie, Salt Lake City, and Reno. In June I returned to Northfield for Reunion, and I visited Chicago with Divya in October. My only international travel was to Istanbul for VLDB, which was awesome. Istanbul reminded me somewhat of Budapest with more Arab/Islamic influence, and it’s definitely a place I would like to return.

  • Omaha, NE*
  • Ithaca, NY*
  • San Francisco, CA*
  • Mountain View, CA*
  • Laramie, WY
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Reno, NV
  • Northfield, MN
  • Salem, OR
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Chicago, IL

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Places 2011

As usual, I’ve compiled a record of my travels in 2011 (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). Athens was the most interesting place I visited, though it was for a conference, and I had a relatively little time for sightseeing. I also drove all the way across the country (and back), which was interesting if fairly uneventful. I’ve only included cities in which I spent at least one night, and I’ve starred those that I visited multiple times on non-consecutive days. I stopped at the cities marked with a † on my cross-country drive, so my experience of them was largely limited to interstate hotels I found on Hotwire.

  • Omaha, NE*
  • Ithaca, NY*
  • New York, NY*
  • Santa Clara, CA*
  • Elkhart, IN†
  • Laramie, WY†
  • Salt Lake City, UT*†
  • Reno, NV*†
  • Athens, Greece
  • La Porte, IN†
  • Bowling Green, OH