Saturday, June 4, 2011

Intro: Kurt

Name: Kurt von Laven

Location: San Francisco, California, United States

I have been a vicarious member of CleanPlace through my roommate, David, since September '09. I'm not a writer, but I'm jealous of those who are.

I am a wanna-be traceur-singer-mathematician studying computer science (specifically, artificial intelligence). With less charitable motivation, I've pulled a few crazy stunts during my recent stay in Madrid, including the one in the picture above, scaling the ramparts of a castle ruin in Sos del Rey Católico, earning €3.40 singing in the infamous Sol metro station, and hiking the final 110 km of the Camino de Santiago without purchasing any beverages (including water). I did not manage to tilt at any windmills. I've always wanted to search for a precise latitude, longitude, and elevation of a stranger's choosing if that strikes anyone's fancy.


  1. If you get this in time-- get a montecados cookie from the baking nuns of the Convento de las Carboneras and enjoy it (a nun in the picture would be great!). ($10 donation)

    Plaza Conde de Miranda 3, Los Austrias, Madrid
    Transport Metro Sol.
    Telephone 91 548 37 01
    Open 9.30am-1pm, 4.30-6pm Mon-Sat.

  2. I'm so sorry Sara! I checked the blog just before I left, but I didn't realize the dares showed up in the comments. I wish I could've done this; it was a clever idea. The cookies look delicious:

    I'm happy to make it up if there's anything equivalent I could do in northern Alabama or San Francisco. I bet there are nuns somewhere to be found.

  3. no worries, I knew I was cutting it close! How about this--take cookies to a nun! Get your photo with said nun (or nuns). Can't wait to see it :)

  4. Ha ha ha, I can't wait to see how this plays out either.

  5. Copied from an email from my parents: "post the attached Kurt baby picture as your facebook profile picture for 2 weeks."

  6. Hello Sara, I have a photograph of Sister Marguerite and I that I can email you if you like. I'd prefer not to post it on the blog in order to respect her privacy, but she seemed fine with me emailing it to you.