A day in Zurich

I was invited to visit Zurich for a day. I left from Schiphol airport last sunday evening arriving at Kloten Airport around 19:30 where I was picked up by my old friend Jos Visser. He dropped my off at the fancy Hotel Ambassador where I would be staying, and then we visited a australian pub in the city center for some snacks (alligator sateh on papadums and chicken wings) and drinks. The next morning I was walking around town seeing some of the sights, but sadly it started raining. I do have some nice pictures of Lake Zurich.

[lots of details I might tell later, just not right now 😉 ]
[aug 24th: I will not me moving to Zurich in the foreseeable future]

In the afternoon I walked back to the Hauptbahnhof and took the train back to Kloten, spent my last Franks on some souvenirs and caffeinated chocolate and flew back to Amsterdam.

Just my luck that the train I got back in the Netherlands didn’t go anywhere from Schiphol, due to a broken powerline, so my arrival home was somewhat delayed (taking a detour over Amsterdam, Haarlem and Leiden)



CCC Camp 2007 in hindsight

So, CCC Camp 2007 is over, I’m back to work for a few days already, time for a write-up. The entire event had very warm and humid weather. It was mostly dry accept saturday, when the entire field changed into a olympic swimming-pool.
Deckard, Flar and me helped Antarez and Geck0 set-up their tent somewhere deep in the night, after they had to relocate. In the end they got a very nice spot just underneath a large aluminum airplane, giving them some shade.
Most time during the week was spent hanging around the campsite talking to people, having drinks and generally looking for shade/cool areas. The hangars were ideal locations, because they remained quite cool, due to them being covered by a few meters of dirt. We were very glad that we brought along a small cooler to keep our supply of beer, water and coke cold… (It’s now sitting in my computer-room)
There were some interesting projects going on, including building brainmachines, remote-control helicopters, various webcam projects, weather-ballons and light-installations. There was even a project involving light emitting algea, although I think that project didn’t quite turn out the way it was meant to.
Even though in the beginning everything didn’t go exactly as planned, and I heard a lot of complaining I think in the end we all had a lot of fun. Next time we might do it completely different, but I’m sure we’ll all be there again.
(plans for next time include fixxing either a camper, caravan or truck of some sorts, just so we don’t have to bother with tents, and having more space to bring stuff)

Going on vacation: Berlin and CCC-Camp 2007

So, it’s summertime again, time for festivals, hacker-camps and a well-needed vacation. I still have a few days of work to go, but will be leaving for Berlin august 1st. World-Clock berlin I’ll be staying in the Heart Of Gold hostel in the center of Berlin for a week, seeing the sights and partying in this nice city. Later that week I’ll probably hang around and help a bit with the build-up of CCC-Camp and then stay there till Sunday the 12th, because unfortunately I have to be back at work on monday ;(

I know Flar and Deckardt are also in Berlin the week before the Camp, and i’ll meet up with lots more at the Camp (Geck0, Antarez, Buzz, BugBlue, Tla, Elisa, …)

Anyone have any suggestions for places to visit in Berlin, or parties and bars I should visit… This is the first time visiting Berlin that I have a whole week without any other activities, so I plan to make the best of it and see some stuff I didn’t get around to the previous years… comment below 😉