October 2007

Trains, Frankfurt, and leaving

A bit of unexpected fun trying to get to Frankfurt on the trains, leaving just enough time for a walk and some Apfelwine before I head out to the airport and fly back home.

Posted Wed 31 October 2007 23:55 (+1300)

Amusing Esquire opinion piece on the anti-knowledge movement

I'm not sure which bit of this Esquire opinion piece I like most, but maybe this fantastic 2005 quote: “We've been attacked,” [says pastor Ray Mummert], “by the intelligent, educated segment of the culture.”

Posted Wed 31 October 2007 23:27 (+1300)


My last full day in Germany was nice and relaxed, I took the trains up to Heidelberg, famous for its' picturesque castle ruin, and spent the day wandering around there.

Posted Wed 31 October 2007 16:21 (+1300)

Walking in the Black Forest Murg valley area

After yesterday's flop and a giant catch-up sleep I was up extra-early for the day. Packed in a giant breakfast and then headed out for a great day of walking in the scenic Northern Black Forest.

Posted Sat 27 October 2007 01:47 (+1300)

Down the Schwarzwald's Murg Valley

My outdoor plans for the day didn't come off as hoped (guess you can't win them all), but I headed into the Northern Schwarzwald (Black Forest) area, and at least got some cake out of the whole deal :).

Posted Fri 26 October 2007 22:52 (+1300)

Alright, alright

Got around to creating a Facebook account. So you can all stop bugging me now :).

Posted Thu 25 October 2007 22:30 (+1300)

A guide to German trains

Germany, land of beer, sausage, history, and trains that run on time. They even go places that you want to go! Brilliant.
Here's how to use them, if you're not keen to figure it out as you go.

Posted Thu 25 October 2007 01:24 (+1300)

Burg Hohenzollern

More fun with trains, and then a loong walk up to Burg Hohenzollern, seat of the epic Hohenzollern family, who seem to make up pretty much half the German royalty of history.

Posted Thu 25 October 2007 01:23 (+1300)

Back to Germany via Munich

I head back into Germany in the direction of a castle, via Munich (with inevitable Oktoberfest action), mislabelled trains, and bed in Stuttgart.

Posted Fri 19 October 2007 23:24 (+1300)

Over to Tirol

After a great few days with my Austrian friends around Vienna, it was time to say my fond farewells and many thanks for them having me to stay!, and hop on the train to head west to the Alpine province of Tyrol. S'where the Alps are.

Posted Mon 15 October 2007 01:51 (+1300)

Arbitrary power of the state

[US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice] met human rights activists and said she wanted to help them build institutions to protect people from the “arbitrary power of the state”… wait for it… in Russia.

Posted Mon 15 October 2007 01:10 (+1300)

A day of valleys, forests, and castle ruins in East Austria

So after a busy day in Vienna came a nice walk around the local area with the guys, then a trip out to some forest and castle ruin goodness by the Danube. And genuine Wien-style schnitzel :).

Posted Mon 15 October 2007 00:58 (+1300)

A busy day around Vienna

Having taken the train in last night I spent the night at Fritz & Kathie's apartment in the nice town Sankt Pölten, and then spend the day sightseeing in Wien (Vienna).

Posted Thu 11 October 2007 12:30 (+0200)

Breaking news

Just tried the Brazilian (?) thing of eating avocado as a fruit, cut & sprinkled with a decent dose of sugar. It rules.

Posted Thu 11 October 2007 06:46 (+0200)

A brief visit to Regensburg

So I'm in Regensburg, a well-preserved Bavarian town with big cathedrals, big towers, big bridges, and small sausages.

Posted Tue 09 October 2007 13:28 (+0200)

Winding up our Prague trip

We didn't get too much done the next day, I was busy trying to solve the problem with my next destination in the morning, and we all left town that afternoon. Near disaster for the hotel staff on check out though!

Posted Tue 09 October 2007 11:58 (+0200)

The washing incident

I left out one of the things that went wrong on that day in Prague. Laundry services, not so great – and opening hour signs, they mean nothing.

Posted Tue 09 October 2007 11:55 (+0200)

Back to Prague for drinks & dinner

I find the burčák (new wine) I have been hunting, and we have dinner at the excellent Klub Architektù.

Posted Mon 08 October 2007 12:27 (+0200)

Day trip to Kutná Hora

We were keen to get out of Prague and see a bit more of the Czech Republic, so on day 3 of our time there we ran to the trains and headed out to Kutná Hora to see the Sedlec Ossuary and St. Barbara Church.

Posted Mon 08 October 2007 12:26 (+0200)

Fun and misadventure in Prague

Lunch, towers, fishies, powerisers, photos, and failing to drink!

Posted Fri 05 October 2007 16:27 (+0200)

Old Prague city tour

On Day 2 of our Prague visit Mary, Charles, and I started the day with a tour around Prague's old city sites.

Posted Fri 05 October 2007 16:27 (+0200)

Evening in Prague

After finishing up at Prague Castle we wandered back over Charles Bridge, looking at the cool buildings and finding some streetside drinks, and Czech-style dinners.

Posted Tue 02 October 2007 19:41 (+0200)

Prague Castle

Mary, Charles, and I spent most of our first day in Prague exploring the castle, Prague Castle.

Posted Tue 02 October 2007 19:41 (+0200)

Trams and meetup in Prague

So after arriving in Prague I get to do the fun part of any trip, which is figuring out how to use the local transport system.

Posted Tue 02 October 2007 01:21 (+0200)

Berlin to Prague on the ICE

To a New Zealander, one of the coolest things about being “on the continent” is the ability to go to another country without going on a fecking big plane flight. Case in point, Berlin to Prague on the Inter-Continental Express in 4 hours.

Posted Tue 02 October 2007 01:21 (+0200)

Art noobing at the Berlin Gemäldegalerie

I've always felt a bit of a noob when it comes to art history and art by the big historical names, so with a few hours left before I had to jump on my next train, a trip to Berlin's Gemäldegalerie to start my education was high on the priority list.

Posted Tue 02 October 2007 01:21 (+0200)

RailsConf EU 2007 wrap-up

From the 17th through 19th we had RailsConf Europe 2007, the actual reason I'm over in Germany – big thanks to ELC for bringing me over for the conference!

Posted Sun 30 September 2007 23:21 (+0200)

Breakfast in a standing-cafe

One handy German institution is the area set aside in many bakery shops as a Stehcafé, or ‘standing-cafe’.

Posted Sun 30 September 2007 23:21 (+0200)

Bratwurst on Rails

Warming us up for RailsConf EU 2007, the Berlin user group organised a ‘Bratwurst on Rails’ BBQ/meetup at a local pub.

Posted Sun 30 September 2007 23:21 (+0200)

Recent photos

Hong Kong at night, from Victoria Peak
An IFC monolith
Lucky Dessert neon
Hong Kong sign overload near Mong Kok
Sunset from Hong Kong Island
One of the stalls making Mong Kok overpoweringly smelly
Making the most of the land you've got
Cool arch up Nong Ping

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I'm a Wellington, New Zealand-based software consultant. In my spare time I enjoying cooking, traveling, geocaching, progressive house, and fixin stuff.

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