Recently I have heard that a medieval philosopher interpreted doing science as a pilgrimage.

I really like this metaphor. For a good pilgrimage one needs accommodation along the way, one cherishes hospitality and most of all good companions to share both hardship and  pleasure.

At the end of this interesting and inspiring year 2013 I would to thank a number of institutions for being a home and for extending their hospitality.

Most of all I would  like to thank  my  collaborators for their companionship along the way.

All the best for the Christmas season and for a good start into a prosperous 2014.

From a rather spring-ish Innsbruck.

Bernd