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On Wednesday, I leave for Salzburg, Austria, where — thanks to the generosity of a Knight Foundation Fellowship — I will be attending a session of the Salzburg Global Seminar on "Combating Climate Change at Local and Regional Levels: Sustainable Strategies, Renewable Energy."

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I am of course excited about the substance of the event, and will have much more to say about it in coming days. However, perhaps because I’m the gayest straight man in the hemisphere, I’m almost equally excited about the fact that I’m going to be staying in Schloss Leopoldskron.

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For those of you who, I don’t know, watch televised sports, Schloss Leopoldskron is the palace where The Sound of Music was filmed.

Climate wonkery and Julie Andrews — these are a few of my favorite things!