It is “now” time to post about upcoming OUGN 2018 Vårseminar. Since all 3 of my presentations are ready, all logistics are ready and the other stuff are ready (feeling relaxed).
This will be my second time on the boat. You didn’t misread this or I didn’t mistype, yes the boat! @OUGN performs their conferences on a boat which departs from Oslo to Kiel and returns back to Oslo and here’s how the boat looks like. Continue reading →
It was a long day again (woke up at 3:30am in the morning) to my 7:05 flight to Shiphol Airport. Then took train to Amersfoort. Luckily, the hotel I found was still there with my door card in the reception (this means no early check-in). I get in the elevator, but what? I need to keep my finger on the floor (mine was only 2) to get it moving and snails will go to 2nd floor faster even using the stairs. I still wonder why there is an emergency button, where you need to leave your finger from the floor button to press emergency button. I believe it is there because of regulation. 🙂 Continue reading →
After a early flight again (woke up at 3:30am to catch the 6:50am flight), I landed to Düsseldorf and went to my hotel with one single train and admired the state of public transportation in Düsseldorf.
Gladly, my room was ready and I am off to see the city and attend the speakers’ dinner afterwards. below are some good sightseeings which represents Düsseldorf city. Continue reading →
Touched down to Ljubljana around 8am in the morning and it took me not more than 20 minutes to reach to the hotel with hotel’s shuttle service. I’m glad that my room was ready and go out to see the city immediately. First, I went to three-bridges, then to an ancient castle then to market place and discovered a shopping mall and spent rest of the day there. Ljubljana is a great city for touristic attractions and it is so easy to go everywhere with bus (busses are working almost 24 hours a day).
I came to conference venue – Austria Trend Hotel – right on time with public transportation. And met with Björn Rost, Jure Bratina and Frank Dernoncourt at the gate of the hotel. There were more than 60 attendees and worth 1000s. Questions, attendance and interaction to sessions were amazing. One of the local session, which has to be before lunch, was cancelled. And we decided to make a panel session just before the lunch and we still answering questions although it was overtime. Kudos to audience!!!
Eventually, Björn had 3.5, I had 2.5 and Frank had 2.5 sessions at all, and we – as techie guys – all love to talk.
It was my first time using Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST) as a transferring passenger and but my flight to Helsinki to Baku has a stop about 1.5 hours in Istanbul. So I managed at 5:20 am to Haydar Aliyev Airport (GYD) and switch to my hotel. Continue reading →
After reaching to Helsinki, sleeping on 3 complete empty seats lied down by luck (I left my emergency seat for this reason), I made a small city tour and reached the meeting place (in front of Presidential residence – intentionally mentioned this because it is the real residential palace of Finland President with non-moving soldiers in front of the building) and met with Frits Hoogland and Patrick Barel. Speakers dinner is very well organised on a ancient trade wooden boat and sailing with the power of the wind (rarely with engine when we are behind the schedule) and we were all sailor-man (in real). In spite of sun, it was about 4-5C and some of us was downstairs in order not to get cold because of freezing wind. Please click pictures to enlarge. Continue reading →