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December 28, 2003

Participation at the 20c3

As in the end of every year, there has been a Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin. This congress is organized by Europe`s largest hacker group and celebrated its 20th anniversary, this time. For the anniversary, the Blinkenlights have been re-installed for a short time in the "Haus des Lehrers"-Building at Alexanderplatz (right in the center of Berlin).
The talks included a wide range of computer/network-related things. Also new technologies with their eventual impact on our society were introduced.
On the congress webpage you can browse the agenda and follow the links in order to gain more information about the discussed topics.

Posted by Martin Herfurt at 11:23 PM

December 03, 2003

One night in London

Coming back from Geneva, I spent one night in London. This was just in order to take advantage of the strange flight-route I decided to use.

In London, Reinhold Kloos (a friend from AgentCities) volunteered to show me around in London. Because of my short stay in London, Reinhold tried to show me as much of the interesting sights as possible. Almost at midnight, I finally got to The Generator. The Generator is a backpacker's hostel that offers really affordable bed & breakfast. One night in a mixed dorm with 14 beds was 10 GBP (which is about 14 EUR). In the hostel, they had a bar, which was quite busy (for Monday night!).

The next day, I did some sightseeing by myself and revisited some of the places from the night before. I took some really typical tourist-pictures and hurried to meet Reinhold at the Liverpoolstreet train-station at 11:30 am.
We did some more walking around and finally had a cup of coffee.

All the talking in that coffee-place made me almost miss my plane back to Salzburg. I was really lucky to catch a really crowded Stansted-Express, that took me to the airport 10 mins before the deadline for the check-in.

On my way to the gate, I grabbed a sandwich from Pret-a-manger which I really liked. Finally I boarded the plane in time and flew back to Salzburg.

Posted by Martin Herfurt at 12:43 PM

December 01, 2003

Low-Budget Traveling

The last weekend (plus some days before and after) I was traveling from Salzburg/Austria to Geneva/Switzerland by means of low-budget flights.
The RyanAir flight was by far the cheapest flight I ever booked. A round-trip flight from Salzburg to London Stansted was 2 Eurocents (plus taxes... 40 Euro). From London Stansted I had to transfer to London Luton. This transfer takes about 90 minutes. From Luton easyjet flies to Geneva for about 80 Euros (round-trip). Too bad that the Ryanair flight from Salzburg was 4 hours late. So I had a stressy time trying to get on a later flight to Geneva. But in the end, easyjet was very obliging and took me on the later flight without additional expenses.

After finally arriving in Geneva my friend Michiko was picking me up from the airport.

On Friday, we went to Lausanne, the domicile of the company NetUnion and the International Olympic Committee. After Carsten Buchenau (our "guide" ;) showed us around in Lausanne, we went to see the other people from NetUnion.
In the evening we went to the campus of the EPFL and attended the PolyNight (a student party). We also met Walter Binder there. Unfortunately, we had to leave there really early in order to catch one of the last trains back to Geneva.

The next day we spent in Geneva. There, we were visiting the United Nations Headquarter and the Headquarter of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies which is located close to the UN. We also went to the junction of the rivers Rhone and Arve. The water of the two rivers has two different colors. This makes the junction look very interesting.

On sunday, we went to France in order to ascend Mont Salève with the cable-car. Afterwards, we went to Geneva, again. In the evening, we had a good time at the ice-rink around rue de Mont-Blanc in the center of Geneva.
On monday, I had to be at the airport at 12 o clock in order to catch the plane back to London...

Posted by Martin Herfurt at 12:54 PM