Tomorrow I’m off to Colombia for two weeks: a conference in Medellin, a seminar in Bogotá, and a short vacation-y stint in Cartagena. (It would be very foolish to visit a country like that, give a talk, and just come home without some exploration.)  I’ll post as often as I can, but, as they say on television, “Stay with us.”  Drs. Cobb and Mayer have graciously offered to fill in during my absence.

And then went down to the ship,
Set keel to breakers, forth on the godly sea, and
We set up mast and sail on that swart ship,
Bore sheep aboard her, and our bodies also
Heavy with weeping, and winds from sternward
Bore us onward with bellying canvas . . .


  1. Posted November 6, 2010 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    Very nice! What universities?

  2. Jeff
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Have a great trip Dr. Coyne!

  3. Posted November 6, 2010 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Wow, Bogotá. Stay safe.

  4. Posted November 6, 2010 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    I’ll bet you’ll have a great time.

    I used to visit Panama regularly but never made it to Columbia.

  5. MadScientist
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Don’t get Farked. They’re still around, aren’t they?

  6. Alejandro
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Finally you will go where Drosophila pseudobscura is distributed….Hope you have great times in Colombia, I’m pretty sure you will be very well received in Medellin, then you’ll want to come back again. Cheers.

  7. Posted November 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Now I have to find out what chiguiro is.

    • Diane G.
      Posted November 6, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

      Oh, but they’re so cute! 🙁

      (Actually, I think we ate that once in Costa Rica…or was it agouti?)

      Also, JC, since you’re respecting the diacriticals (yay!)–shouldn’t it be Medellín?

  8. Oscar
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Great news, I’m aware of the conference in Medellin but not of the seminar in Bogota… Hope I can get you to sign my book. As for the your short vacation I say forget Cartagena and better go to Santa Marta specially for the nearby Parque Tayrona. Believe me, that’s where you want to be! Great natural park, the best beaches in Colombia.

  9. Bjorn
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Colombia is really great.The people are probably the nicest in all of latin america in my opinion. And definitely not as dangerous as many think. And for a biologist like myself the country is a gem. Don’t miss it if you never been there.


  10. Scott
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    Am I going to be the only one to note how mouth-wateringly good that food looks? I always enjoy your food posts Dr. Coyne!

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