Wow, linux.conf.au 06… Wow. ^_^
My first international trip started inauspiciously, as I came down with Tonsilitis on Thursday night. On reflection, going to see Underworld Evolution instead of finiding a late-night medical clinic was a poor choice, but happily Queanbeyan Hospital’s emergency department was not busy. So I left Canberra at 2am with a prescription for a week’s penicilin and some throat lozenges.
Got to Julia’s place by 6am, and left her with my car. Met up with nearly a dozen LCA people on the same flight in the departure lounge, and had more time together than I expected because the plane was 20 minutes late taking off. I managed to sleep through most of the flight, and in fact only realised we were on the east coast of New Zealand when I realised there was ocean in front of us.
Dunedin’s nice. I stayed at the Kiwi’s Nest on Friday and Saturday nights, basically bummed about and was social with some of the other people staying there. This is probably the biggest improvement over last year, where my socialisation was largely limited to IRC since I was driving in and out from home, so wasn’t really getting involved in the extra-curricular bits.
On the downside, I’ve been largely off the Internet since Thursday night. I did go to an Internet cafe for an hour on Saturday, which was enough time to check my email. Nothing seemed to have horribly caught fire at work, so I’m relaxed. ^_^ Also, the girl on the desk was _very_ cute.
Dunedin is frankly the sort of place I’d love to flee to if Australia’s legal situation goes much further evilright. It’s pleasantly cool (ie. a fan in summer would be sufficient), sufficiently focused (ie. One long main drag of shops) and has a cute girl at the desk of the Internet cafe. What more could I ask for? (Also, a large and apparently quite successful university, and lots of pubs.)
Anyway, on Sunday I moved onto campus, into “Unicol”. It’s nice, but the network wasn’t working last night, so I still managed to not be on the Internet until now. Registration went well, and after a Subway dinner I spent the evening in a pub with some people who’re here hanging around with a friend who’s come to linux.conf.au, discussing politics, sport, comics and animation, Japanese culture, and whatever else seemed appropriate. I stayed sober the whole time due to the aforementioned penicilin. ^_^
I’ve also started watching Stawberry on the shortcake, at long last. It’s been on my hard disk for two or three months, and I suspected it would be a heavy-going drama. Instead it turns out to be a hilarious at times, sad as hell at times (I think it’s going to end sadly, if I’ve guessed the ending correctly. Only seen to episode 3) but both excellent and fascinating drama. It’s really interfering with my LPIC reading… ^_^
Anyway, time to head over to the Debian Miniconf where someone’s suggested to me that we don’t have wireless, so I’ll sign off here.
Oh, and in case anyone’s wondering, my student card is current this time. ^_^