If we successfully make it to the hotel, however, and find that blogger isn't blocked in China, then hopefully I will be able to upload a few updates from the conference!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I'm leaving tomorrow (on a 6am flight) for Beijing, where I'm going to attend China Theory Week, at Tsinghua University. There are going to be a huge number of great talks, and I'm looking forward to seeing Tsinghua and the rest of Beijing. I'll get to see a bunch of friends there, although its amusing that I'll have to travel so far to see them. The most likely point of failure seems to be travelling from the airport at Beijing to the hotel: It will be me, Moritz Hardt, and David Steurer (none of us speak a word of Chinese) trying to convince a cab driver to take us to the hotel. We will have a printed picture of the name of the hotel in Chinese, which we can show the driver. If this doesn't work, I'm out of ideas.