I’m in Vail, Colorado at the moment. I want to find something horrid (and funny) to say about this place, but I can’t. It’s just ridiculously gorgeous. If you’ve seen Dumb and Dumber (set in Aspen I think), imagine something similar, but in the summer, complete with non-operational ski-lifts. Even though it’s warm, there are snow-capped peaks, lush green mountain sides, cool streams, and so much more. Even sunrise (at 4:30 AM or whatever) was just so pretty.
I’ve travelled a lot, and have been to other more (superlatively cool) mountainous areas, like the Himalayas, but this is, dare I say it?, comparable.
I’m taking some time now to take in the sights, and getting some much needed R&R in, but sequences of events leading upto this point weren’t always so pleasant or pleasurable. For starters, our flight out of home was delayed by a lot (due to mysterious reasons) and we ended up missing the connection to Vail. Now the next flight to Vail was at the same time, next day, so that would mean I would have missed my talk. So it was decided the people who were presenting carry on any-way-they-can, and the others turn back home, and we somehow got into another place a few hours away, Denver. This was at 1-2, early early morning. All rent-a-car places closed and hotels full, we end up taking a cab (for 240+ dollars) to Vail. Reach there at 4-5 in the morning. My talk being incomplete as usual, required me to stay awake from that point on until I actually spoke (some 11 in the morning). I finished it and spoke without passing out or being groggy. The room was huge, and packed. It went well.
Then I got back to my room, and crashed. Today I take in the sights. I deserve it.
Update: Where I’m at.