Aix-en-Provence – Day 1

Well since I now have the latest version of the wordpress app. for iPhone, I thought I’d see how well it works for writing long blog posts from abroad.
From the title you’ll have guessed I’m in Aix-en-Provence. It’s not a holiday, but a very serious fieldtrip for university. The students are looking at “local competitiveness, international ambitions and roles and functions” in the Aix-Marseille region. I’m a module leader, so have to be a bit in charge, but the students each have a topic they have to investigate, and are showing the rest of the group around their areas.

From my point of view, Aix is a very nice town with a lovely centre. More importantly though, there seems to be free wifi everywhere. Not provided by a big mega corporation that wants to charge for it, but just any old person not securing their networks.

I should stress to those people back home that think this is a holiday- it really isn’t. We arrived on on the plane and went straight to the hotel in Aix. Then we got on a bus to the industrial zone and looked at the different businesses and functions present and got a feel for the importance of the industrial park to the town, and the town to the region and its international ambitions. Finally we looked at the town centre and the train station to find more pieces of the jigsaw. And all this in the rain.

So really not a holiday!

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