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It has been nearly a month I am in Irvine and as if this “Californian laidbackness” has already grasped me. It took so long to provide you a new update.

But I love my place. I pay a lot. But gives me a good peace of mind.

The apartment complex I live in…

A Honda Accord 2001 model with relatively low mileage. Helps me to move around. It is the first time I have a second-hand car.

One of the best moments in Irvine. I have entered a cafe and I saw Chris Kelty and George Marcus chatting!

UC Irvine campus during the big wildfires. It is not cloudy. It is due to the fires.

Stopped by the Huntington Beach Pier.

…and the Beach itself…

On Tuesday nights we go to Buffalo Wings. The groups is already 8 and counting…

Well, online trivia quiz after eating at Buffalo Wings… I am kind of obsessed.

Yes, kind of…

Speaking of obsession, I have finally won with France in CIV 6. It took hours but I did it. Now comes the next civilization…

I haven’t seen much out there yet but Getty Museum in LA is one of the exceptions.

The American Qur’an. One of the current exhibitions….

The American Qur’an. One of the current exhibitions…

The Getty Museum’s garden…

Inside the museum. From the current exhibition on Ancient Egypt…

I have lost the mayordom of Istanbul Bilgi University in Swarm but I have another one now (!)

I stopped by Santa Monica Pier, too. Too crowded for me.

Another view of the Pier…

Ah 66…

Just an ordinary Irvine evening…

In the meantime, I could not stop by following news on the currency crisis.

Still collecting local newspapers…

This place was supposed to be Old Irvine House. Just hotels and stores. Nothing to visit actually…

It all started with a former student of mine… Now we are at least 8 to hang out…

Irvine is just too comfortable, new and cute and orderly. As if I am living in SimCity (another game I am obsessed with).  Although I am not as productive as I want to be, I have read a lot, I could finally meet with Prof. Bill Maurer and attend the Center for Ethnography’s new season preparation meetings and work on some of the article revisions.

Hopefully more to come soon…

 

 

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