I return, and storms in Chicago

September 19, 2013 • 8:42 am

I’ve returned to the U.S., but it will take a few days before I’m up to speed and able to deal with all the creationism, accommodationism, and other mishigas I usually write about. Also, I have 471 photos, and hope to show you some of the scenery and food of Poland as well as a fairly detailed overview of Auschwitz. (Don’t worry: I’m not going to post all the photos I took!)

The Polish Rationalists Facebook page, Polskie Stowarzyszenie Racjonalistów, has posted a bunch of pictures of my three talks in Warsaw and Cracow, as well as of our jaunts around Warsaw for sightseeing. You can see their photos here.  I want to thank that organization and the Polish Skeptics for their terrific hospitality, and to give a special shout-out to Kaja Bryx, who did the lion’s share of organizing my visit (no easy task!). You’ll see Kaja in red (shielding me with an umbrella from the storms in Warsaw) at the link above. And of course I’m immensely grateful to my hosts in Dobrzyn, Andrzej and Malgorzata, for providing friendship, great food, a restful atmosphere, and Hili, the Rationalist Cat.

In the meantime, back to business. There was a storm the evening I left Chicago, and one last night when I returned.  I took photos of both.

Here’s the one on Sept. 2:


And last night’s, which was a humdinger. It came in very quickly around sunset and dumped a ton of rain, accompanied by a lot of lightning and thunder. The oncoming storm was impressive as it blotted out the last rays of the sun.  Five minutes after I took this photo, one couldn’t see the city skyline:


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