Archive for August, 2010

Arrival in Pisa

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

I finally arrived in Pisa on Thursday evening.  My rescheduled flight was supposed to arrive around lunch time but when we got to Pisa there was a storm.  It looked really beautiful above the storm but the propeller plane was not able to fly into it.  This meant that the flight was diverted to Genova and after a lot of chaos I ended up on a bus to Pisa.  Surprisingly  I had met up with some friends on the flight so the whole thing felt more like an adventure than a disaster.  I had also come to terms with the fact that I was going to miss the second day of the conference and ended up quite enjoying the drive along the coast.

I was a bit bedraggled when I arrived at the conference venue.  The lightning talks were about to start but I decided that a shower was a much better idea.  Once I was finally wearing clean clothes I ventured out to catch-up with some people.  There is no doubt that I enjoy the social aspects of the conference.  There are so many fascinating people to chat to in the Perl community that the part of my brain that was still alive at 2am was buzzing with thoughts when I finally went to bed.  It was not the best start I have ever had to a conference but at least I ended the day smiling and looking forward to the next day.

Still not at YAPC

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

I’m fairly fed-up tonight.  Instead of being at Pisa for YAPC::EU I’m in a hotel at Munich airport.  My plane from London was delayed and I couldn’t get a flight out tonight.  The airline staff did try to find a way to fly me somewhere close to Pisa so that I could have gotten a bus or taxi but it wasn’t possible.

As it was the airlines fault they have put me in a hotel.  I don’t have my suitcase and the thoughts of wearing the same clothes tomorrow that I’ve been wearing from 8 this morning are not cheerful ones.  Tomorrow will be the fifth day in a row that I have had to go to an airport.  I’m exhausted and the things I had hoped to do during the conference are becoming more and more unlikely.  I hoping that tomorrow is a better day.

Enroute to YAPC:EU

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

I’m finally on my way to YAPC::EU.  I’ve been travelling since Sunday and I’m really tired.  Part of me thinks that I’m crazy to try to make this conference but I’ve been at all of them since 2001 and now that I live in Asia I miss the European Perl Mongers.  The conference started this morning, so I’m missing the first day.  I’m also going to miss the conference dinner but I’ll still have two days of talks to attend and hopefully enough time to catch up with people.

As I wasn’t sure that I would make the conference I only submitted a five minute lightning talk called 10 Things To Do With A Conference T-Shirt.  This has been scheduled for tomorrow afternoon and is completely prepared as I gave it at YAPC::NA earlier in the summer.  I have been considering translating this into Japanese for YAPC::Asia but I don’t know if I’m brave enough to get up and talk in Japanese.

I’ve another couple of hours before my first flight so I’m going to try to catch up on some of the backlog of email that I have.  It’s going to be a busy week!