It’s been a busy Spring for me, but luckily it has partly been caused by several great travels! This time the destinations were New York and 2x Prague.
In April me and a colleague traveled to New York for the Sentiment Analysis Symposium. What a wonderful city New York is! I had extremely high expectations before traveling across the sea and I can honestly say that they were all satisfied. From the “Admitted” stamp landed in my passport until I stepped on the plane to go home, it was all a great adventure.
Stepping off the train at Penn Station in the middle of Manhattan, is like stepping into a dozen of movies and TV series. You feel you’ve been there before, but at the same time it’s all a completely new city and you can just feel all the discoveries waiting around the corner.
We had taken a couple of days extra in addition to the days for conference preparation and we got to see most of the typical tourist sights, and got to walk our feet sore through Central Park and an endless number of kilometers through the streets and avenues of Manhattan.
On Saturday night we also got to see a comedy show at Dangerfields which was a great experience – except for when the comedians learned that we were from Norway and of course would not let that go for the whole show…!
We also got 5 days extra of forced vacation due to the ash clouds which were causing problems for the air traffic in Europe. Even though we had to get some work done during those days we also got to see a little more of the city.
New York is definitively a city I am going back to.
Then it was off to Prague. During May I have been there twice, once for pleasure and once for business. From April 30th till May 3rd me and five friends spent the weekend, but unfortunately I got sick the second we arrived and spent a major part of the weekend in my hotel bed with a fever. But the rest of the guys seemed to enjoy themselves and luckily I felt well enough to enjoy a meal and a beer or two with them during the day.
Luckily I have been to Prague before, so I did not miss a lot of sight seeing.
During my second visit, last week, I was feeling much better and got to enjoy the city in between Apache Lucene EuroCon. The conference was full of good talks and it was very inspiring. Definitively hope the conference will be coming back next year – hopefully in another great European city.
So this Spring has been great for traveling, and hopefully I manage to find the time for at least one more trip somewhere abroad before the year ends – would not mind some beach and warmth when the dark days are starting to creep up on us here up here…