BeerkensBlog  After being in a cyber-coma for 3 weeks, my blog and site are finally up and running again. Somehow it became inaccessible some weeks ago. My domain hosting company had a lot of excuses and of course they claimed it was not their fault either (it was something with their .info registrar…). If this happens again, I’ll move to another company!

On the other hand, I did not have a lot of time to post anyway. First of all I was working hard on my paper for the annual conference of the International Sociological Association in Durban, South Africa later this month. After that was finished, I had a great visit to the Grand Canyon and a weekend in Washington DC, including a great baseballgame of the Washington Nationals versus the New York Yankees. And of course I had to keep an eye on the World Championships soccer (or is it football?) in Germany. Obviously, this became a lot less fun after the Dutch and the Socceroos were eliminated.

Today I returned from my 6 week stay in North Carolina. Again, it was an exhausting trip: RDU-ORD-SFO-SYD starting Sunday July 2nd, 7.45 AM (EST) and arriving Tuesday July 4th, 6.40 AM (Sydney time). The good thing was that I had a long stopover in ORD, which gave me the time to take a train downtown and explore Chicago. The ‘bad’ thing is that there’s no energy left today for a serious higher education/science/globalisation post. Maybe tomorrow, …or the day after.

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