I am lost in the marges of Germany, les Marches, Markt, at the frontier between barbarians and civilized people!
It uses to be a brilliant country, Saxe, with a prince-elector in Charge, voting for the election of the Emperor and holding Court in the city of Dresden. Everything was flattened out by bombing in 1945 and the beautiful city, on the Elbe river, has risen again after a very impressive recosntruction.
Freiberg is more modest, but a medevial city, where the simple houses ar eline dup along narrow and bending streets, with very high and pointed roofs, so high that 2 or 3 levels of penthouses are usually built up there. And the snow does not accumulate… Under the gentle hills, the dwarfs found all kinds of emtals, a long time ago, gold, silver, tin, iron, zinc, copper, nearly evrything. One of the world most famous school of mines (Bergakademie) was rightfully founded there and goes on as a technical unversity and school of mines, although the mines are all closed by now.
I am holding a seminar here at TU-BA Freiberg. Low-cost, as the U lets us use its premises and facilities, like a nice meeting room, very modern hidden btween the medieval facades – with free Wifi.
Only 45 people, while we had about 100 in the previous seminars. But we were hit by the crisis since and industry has sent very few people. Academia is still strongly present. We feel collectively that we are holding out and refraining from behaving like lemmings and adding to the crisis rather than fueling it!
I am presently multitasking, including listening to the papers as I will have to prepare a summary of the meeting to present at the end of the 2 days!