Trips

DrupalCon Hungary

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As per usual, prior to leaving in August I had all these great hopes that I'd actually update my blog while I was traveling. However, and for some reason this always happens, it turns out there's other things I'd rather do in a foreign country than update my blog and post photos to flickr.

Overall the trip was great, I enjoyed this DrupalCon a lot more than Boston's, but I'd say I had a better time in Barcelona last year.

Anyway, I've posted a bunch of photos from the trip and of the NowPublic dev team here.

I also did a couple short photo walks around Szeged and Budapest, will be posting those shortly.

DrupalCon Lanyard

20 Hours in New York

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On my way to Hungary and currently at my first stop over on the way there in New York. I arrived just after 9PM and leave at 5:40PM the tomorrow. This is my first time here and I'm pretty excited about it. So far my only comment is that this city is /big/. I'm actually a bit overwhelmed right now :-).

NYC Boarding Pass

On the airplane I met a couple guys coming here to skateboard for the weekend, so we caught a cab downtown together and I walked around there for a bit while I tried to get a hold of the person I was staying with. After finding some pizza I caught a cab and headed to the apartment in harlem (the customs officer gave me a hard time about it :-) ).

The flight was really good. I flew Cathay Pacific and I'm definitely impressed. All the flight attendants were really nice, good amount of leg room, comfy seats, and a great in flight entertainment system. Just how great? Well check out this pic from when it was rebooting :-):

RH Linux on the in flight entertainment system

Tomorrow I mostly just plan on wandering around manhattan with my 60lbs of luggage, finding some donuts, bagels, pizza, hot dogs, maybe a burger... you know, just the healthy stuff. Maybe hit up some record stores and mostly just walk around and take photos.

manhattan from the plane
ultra-high resolution photo of manhattan from the plane

Back from South Africa

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They've got barely understandable accents, drive on the wrong side of the road, their toilettes flush in the opposite direction and safe sex means doing it with a can of mace and a taser under your pillow. Kinky... I know, but that's how they roll in South Africa. I returned May 7th and just finished uploading the rest of my photos to Flickr. I didn't really feel like blogging as I went, instead I just tried to upload Flickr photos... which proved difficult at points with crappy internet connections and power shedding.

Everyone seems to want to know what my favorite part of it was. Unfortunately I don't really have an answer to that question. I just went to visit friends and relax, I didn't go there to go on a safari, diving, or any other things someone might want to do while in South Africa. I guess the best part was the people who I spent my time with there (oh, and thanks for letting me crash at your places too :-) ). That said, I still did some pretty cool things... like tasting crocodile (among other animals), driving through joburg's lion park, feeding giraffes, eating penguins, and visiting the wine lands outside of cape town.

The crime there didn't seem nearly as prevalent as everyone led on, but then again... wait, I meant watching penguins, not eating them! Who could eat a penguin!? Anyway, there are definitely some cool areas in Joburg, but the suburbiness of it kind of turned me off. After a week in Joburg (and one stomach flu later) I went to Cape Town with Sam and her friend Sara... I took this week completely off work. Cape Town is a beautiful city. We stayed for the first few days with Guy at his place (I believe in or near the Camps Bay area) on the side of the mountain overlooking the ocean. We spent the rest of our time at Adrian's mostly just chilling and video gaming awesomeness :).

A few of the trips extra highlights... getting lost trying to pick up Adrian's brother Jo and turning a 30 minute drive into a 3h drive... driving through the wine lands and doing tastings (at one place we had like 5 or 6 good sized tasters for like $1.50 CAD!)... and of course arriving at the Cape Town airport, waiting in a 2h line-up and yelling at the ticket guy only to find out we'd shown up a day early. And oh yeah! The afternoon in downtown London, England was nice too :).

Flickr photos are here! But these are some of my favs below.

Non-realtime liveblogging of my flight - Vancouver to London

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15:28
* Arrive at AirCanada international bag checkin. Why do all these people appear to be losers? What have I done wrong in my life to be standing in a line full of losers?

15:30
* Ahh... a) I have checked luggage and b) I didn't do the web bag checkin. Oh well... I guess I'll be a loser this time around.

16:45
* Walking around international airport wing of YVR. It's actually a gorgeous airport.. happy to see my $20 of airport improvements fees is going towards something
* Airport is pretty dead

16:50
* SWEET! Found a set of hidden seats in the airport that have foot and head rests and power. How wicked.

17:24
* Find my seat. Window seat. Kind of a nice plane, much more leg room than the United flights to Boston last month. There seat plan is 2 4 2, so getting out should be easy.
* Older fellow sitting next to me... seems nice but doesn't wear deoderant.

17:30
* Fall asleep - wake up 200 miles west of Edmonton, apparently.
* Guy sitting next to me seems annoyed. I think maybe I had tried to cuddle up to him a little bit.

18:35
* Reading.

19:20
* The attendants bring around food. Youngish girl (between 8 or 12) sitting two rows up doesn't want "chicken or beef". Neither do I. The flight attendant says "It's a long flight... you /have/ to have something. We have chicken or beef." She persists. He persists. But she's young and he wins out.

19:31
* Attendant asks me "chicken or beef". In defience I say "neither thanks :)". He says... "it's a long flight" I say "I'll be ok, thanks". He gives up. Scott: 1, Flight attendant: 0.
* I have a philosophical thought to myself about "children" vs. "adults" and decide to start writing a "insightful" blog post about it and how I can't be friends with people who are unable to act like children...

19:40
* Blog post idea was retarded. Writing a "live blog" style post instead.

20:14
* The guy in office space who invents the "jump to conclusions mat" just walked by.

20:25
* Wide awake now... and it's 4:30am London time. Sweet. Time to do some work.

20:26
* I just realized that I can't remember what the 'M' stands for in LAMP. WTF!? What is the other key ingredient besides Linux, Apache and PHP???

20:28
* Ugh. MySQL. Idiot.

20:32
* Dude in front of me just reclined his seat. What ho!

21:28
* Meh. BSG Time!

22:34
* Decided to watch Lost instead... started crying part way through :)
* Sleep time.

01:30
* Bastards waking me up with breakfast. I'm sleeping!

03:21
* Plane landing.... girl puking across the isleway, yay!

traveling adrenaline

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It's funny how you get a certain excitedness for trips. I imagine that people who travel all the time eventually lose most of this. For me, the mere act of flying in an airplane is enough to get me excited. New places seem to have some sort of mystery to them that gets the adrenaline flowing.

I've been more or less seriously planning to go on this trip for the past month, joking about it since about December when a certain Vancouver blogger suggested it :-p .

The reality that I was actually doing this started to set in when I got immunizations for four different diseases and prescriptions for two others. Buying the plane tickets is always the most surreal part of it. No matter how much I talk about it or prepare for it... until the tickets are bought I haven't committed to anything.

One of the goals I set for myself earlier this year was to travel more... and more specifically fill up my passport this time around ;) (I got a new one in February). This trip should put two (maybe three) more stamps in there.

While I'm on the topic of going places... anyone want to go to Tofino with me this summer?

Photo by imnewtryme