Melbourne October 2014

Melbourne October 2014

To celebrate Tanya finishing her thesis, we went on a surprise trip to Melbourne. I had a sleep on the plane which caused some weird looks from our fellow passengers. We were staying at the Rydges Hotel in the city which was really nice with a great location. As we were quite hungry, we went to China Town on Little […]

AWS Sydney Summit

The CTO of Amazon Web Services delivered the keynote speech of the AWS Sydney Summit. I personally thought it was mostly a glorified sales pitch but the parts where representatives from other companies that have migrated to the cloud, like NAB bank, were quite interesting. NAB picked their public facing website, refined their dev-ops process, extensive performance and resilience testing […]

AWS Sydney Summit – Prelude

AWS Sydney Summit – Prelude

Amazon Web Services big Australian event was happening in Sydney this year and work wanted to send three of their finest to investigate and represent the team. The three included NavMan, 3rdDegree and myself. After work we hopped on an AirTrain to the airport, had a surprisingly good Parma at cafĂȘ In-Bar-Go and boarded a plane that was running only […]

Melbourne Long Weekend – Part 3

Melbourne Long Weekend – Part 3

Before long it was already our final full day in Melbourne. The reality was finally sinking in that we would soon have to return back to reality. Not wanting to waste a minute we went straight to St Kilda to checkout what the markets had for offer. It was definitely better than most I had been to, had some interesting […]

Melbourne Long Weekend – Part 2

Melbourne Long Weekend – Part 2

The next morning we wanted to check out the local produce so we headed to the Victoria Markets via tram. The food was so plentiful and fresh! We literally spent over thirty minutes trying to find the best place to have breakfast was because we knew we would only have one shot. We settled on a Turkish place which later […]

Melbourne Long Weekend – Part 1

Melbourne Long Weekend – Part 1

After work on Thursday we head straight to the Airport, excited about our four day get-a-way to Melbourne. Our first proper going away holiday, we were quite eager. I managed to get through airport security without getting “randomly” selected so I guess Tanya is my good luck airport charm. Filling in some time before our flight, I tried on a […]

Amsterdam with the Locals

Amsterdam with the Locals

As you might recall from my first Amsterdam post that I talked to some awesome friendly Dutch girls on the last night of Contiki. Well Colin and I wanted to do as the locals do and they happily volunteered to take us around. We met up just after midday at Centraal (Central) Station, which we have gotten to a fine […]

Amsterdam Freestyle

Amsterdam Freestyle

In the morning, we checked out of our hotel at midday, taking advantage of the late checkout and high quality internet. We had all our bags and no Contiki coach to take us, so we ordered a taxi at the concierge desk. Google maps informed us that it was a 20 minute drive to Colin’s Oma (grandma) so we estimated […]

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

We left St. Goar to head to Edam, Netherlands, famous for it delicious cheese. After another long day of travelling, we arrived and were shown how they make the cheese and clogs. That was pretty cool but wasn’t as good as the huge diversity of cheese samples we got to taste. The best one was one that had bits of […]

Saint Goar

Saint Goar

St. Goar is our first and only true ‘rest stop’ as we make our way from Prague to Amsterdam. So it was a very long drive day with not too much happening. On the coach, I channelled the nap on the cruise and slept in the aisle for about three hours. We then had a rest stop for a bit […]