“Where are you going next?”
“Providence, Rhode Island.”
With one exception, every person I said that to made a face that meant ‘ew, why would you want to go there?’
So I wasn’t expecting to like Providence, which was fine because I wasn’t planning to explore it. I’d be arriving late Saturday night and going straight to bed, then working until I got into a cab to go back to the airport on Wednesday afternoon. Work was a conference, and I was staying in the conference hotel, so I’d planned to just spend the whole time in that single building. Read more
…but don’t stay there longer than a day, it’s surprisingly unpleasant.
A couple of weeks ago I went to Italy for DFRWS, a digital forensics conference. The conference itself and the work surrounding it lasted 4-5 days, but I tagged on a couple of extra days either side.
The conference was in Florence, but when I googled that I realised it was close to Modena, where they famously make balsamic vinegar. You can only buy proper traditional balsamic in Harrods here in London, so I thought it might be fun to tour a real balsamic vineyard, and probably cheaper to bring some back in my suitcase than to buy it here. I was right on both counts.
I also imagined that Modena would be a pretty city surrounded by beautiful countryside. I was wrong on that one.
I travelled less this year than last, and I travelled less than I’d originally planned, for a lot of reasons, but largely because I wanted to spend some time at home.
However, I did still fit in some trips, mainly for business, although a couple to see people as well. Here are some of the stand-out points from my 2016 travels.
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I went to Birmingham, but it wasn’t what I found.
I was probably expecting a huge industrial estate – not so much because of Birmingham itself, but because I always seem to end up working/training/staying in them.
I didn’t end up in an industrial estate.
I possibly ended up on another planet, though. Or at least in the place where the aliens have congregated and built things to make themselves feel at home, while they gather their strength and prepare to take over the world.