My first encounter with ISAS was when my advisor (Dr. Roland Hergenröder) took me to dinner after I hobbled off the airplane in a dazed and tired state. I thought it would be a good idea to not sleep on the planes. Dr. Hergenröder’s wife cooked a delicious pesto-pasta and cooked salmon while their 10 week old baby snoozed in the next room over. Conversation was fun, but it was the next set of dialogue that brought me back out of my daze:

Mrs. Hergenröder: So what do you think you’ll be doing on the weekends? You could take the train to Cologne, Berlin, oh and of course Düsseldorf is close.

Dr. Hergenröder: He’s not here for travel, he’s here to work!

He was just kidding, as I was reassured (maybe). Actually they are really nice people and this looks like it’s going to be a fun month away.