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En route to Madrid

Published Sat 05 December 2009 00:04 (+1300)
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Sunrise in Hong Kong International Airport
Sunrise in Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport

After a bit of last-minute panic I hit the airport and after a short connecting flight to Auckland, and got on one of Air NZ's nice new 777 ‘dreamliner’ services to Hong Kong. I liked it – lots of space (the plane was only half-full – recessions are good times to travel), and a water cooler at the back so you don't need to annoy the staff. Food wasn't too bad either.

It's a pretty short flight, so I didn't have long to sleep. After 5 minutes stumbling around Hong Kong airport going ‘that roof looks styley in this light, good job Foster’ and ‘where can I get second breakfast?’ one of my gang txted to say ey oop, did I know, my server's offline?

One of the others confirmed it wasn't coming back online owing to the hosting place being dicks and the dom-0 server owner ignoring the warning emails, and after a couple of minutes of going “fuck… wish I had my macbook with me” I sat down and installed a new server… from my iphone.

Not the easiest thing to do on a keyboard 5cm wide, but hey, at least it's possible. Glad I loaded SSH keys before I left and took a backup… Got email back up about 5 mins before my battery went flat (HK/UK adapter I brought with me wasn't working) and I had to board my flight on to Madrid.

Hong Kong has free lounger chairs around one side of the blocks of shops. I like Hong Kong airport.

The luggage trolley thing outside has roller wheels laid out across the deck and when you've had not enough sleep they look like the face of the tunnel-boring machine they used for the second Manapouri tailrace you saw the documentary about on the plane.