As I mentioned, after Vancouver I went to a conference at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, England. It was mathematically excellent, and I feel that BBC detective shows properly prepared me for my first visit to the UK. Trees in England are more familiar to me than those on the west coast
although I do not see many 300+-year-old chestnuts in the US.
The conference location was an old castle (really, a manor house done up to look like a castle), something we also don’t have many of here.
The grounds were at one point in the 20th century owned by the Met Office, so there are lots of telescopes and a geodesy facility nearby.
Herstmonceux is not far from Hastings, and we took an outing to the location of the Battle of Hastings:
The castle had some sculptures, possibly by Hilary Manuhwa (but there were works displayed by several Zimbabwean artists, so I’m not certain it was his):
Herstmonceux is a very rural area; this was the only nearby commercial establishment.
Also, I learned lots of stuff about reflection groups of various types, and met some German mathematicians whose work I have been thinking about a lot recently.