- biz trip, Freiburg, Nov 9 - 13
Train, 1st class, Hamburg to Freiburg direct, ICE4
easyjet BSL-HAM, 320
Largely empty train, about 20 people on the flight back.
Almost alone in the hotel. Restaurants et al shut down.
- biz trip, Bayreuth, Sep 8 - 10
Train, 1st class
No problems on the way in until Nurnberg, but then cancelled trains to Bayreuth
and zero information about it, extremely poor handling by Deutsche Bahn.
In the end it was construction taking longer than planned, bus to Pegnitz and
train from there, about 1.5h lost.
Detour using 2 regional trains to Bamberg on the way back to get around the
still inop Bayreuth-Nurnberg tracks.
- biz trip, Leipzig, Jun 23 - 24
train, 1st class
- biz trip, Zurich, Switzerland, Jan 28 - 29
LH HAM-ZRH vv, EW 320 / LX CS3
- Sydney, Australia, Dec 16 - Jan 9
Cathay Pacific Premium Economy, HAM-FRA LH 321, FRA-HKG CX 77W, HKG-SYD CX 77W / SYD-HKG CX 359, HKG-BRU CX 359, BRU-HAM SN 319
- biz trip, Flensburg, Nov 11
train, 1st class
- biz trip, Flensburg, Oct 30
train, 1st class
- EuroBSDcon, Lillehammer, Norway, Sep 17-23
SAS HAM-OSL 73G, OSL-CPH-HAM 319/CR9
- biz trip, Basel, Switzerland, Sep 25-27
easyjet HAM-BSL vv 320S/320
- biz trip, Basel, Switzerland, Jul 22-24
easyjet HAM-BSL vv 320/319
- biz trip, Weimar, Germany, Mar 28-29
ICE, 1st class; minor delays due to ICE4 teething problems both ways
- EuroBSDcon, Bucharest, Romania, Sep 18-24
LH eco: LX HAM-ZRH-OTP CS1/CS3, LH OTP-FRA-HAM 320/321
- n2k18, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic, Sep 7-11
train, direct EC
- g2k18, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Jul 8-13
SI eco HAM-FRA-LJU vv, LH 321 / SI CR9 / SI CR9 / LH 321
- biz trip, Basel, Switzerland, Jun 19-20
easyjet HAM-BSL vv 320/320
- BSDcan, Ottawa, Canada, Jun 6-10
LH premium eco HAM-FRA-YUL-YOW vv, LH 321/LH 343/AC E190, AC CR9/LH 343/LH 321
- AsiaBSDcon, Tokyo, Japan, Mar 5-12
LH premium eco HAM-MUC-HND vv, 321/359/359/320SL
- a2k18 and more, New Zealand and Australia, Jan 24 - Feb 25
SQ booking: LH Eco HAM-FRA 321, SQ Premium-Eco FRA-SIN 77W, SQ Eco SIN-CHC 772, NZ Eco CHC-SYD 320, SQ Premium-Eco SYD-SIN 77W, SQ Premium-Eco SIN-MUC 359, LH Eco MUC-HAM 320
NZ booking: NZM Eco DUD-CHC ATR72
- p2k17 visit, Berlin, Germany, Nov 4-5
ICE 1st class; smooth smooth smooth
- biz trip, Freiburg, Germany,
easyjet HAM-BSL vv 319/319
Sep 13-15 Oct 17-19
- biz trip, Oslo, Norway, Oct 11-12
EW smart HAM-OSL vv 319(4U)/320SL
- EuroBSDcon, Paris, France, Sep 20-25
EW smart HAM-CDG vv 320SL/320
- t2k17, Toronto, Canada, Rocky Mountains afterwards, Aug 9-~25
LH Premium Eco, HAM-FRA-YYZ 320SL/744, YEG-YYZ-FRA-HAM AC 763/LH 744/321
AC eco flex YYZ-YEG, 321
Got upgraded to biz FRA-YYZ
- biz trip, Leipzig, Germany, Jul 11-12
ICE Hamburg-Leipzig vv, 1st class
- biz trip, Freiburg, Germany, Jul 5
easyjet HAM-BSL vv, 319/319
- BSDcan, Ottawa, Canada, Jun 6-11
AC eco flex, HAM-FRA-YUL-YOW, YOW-YUL-MUC-HAM, LH 321/LH 343/CR9, E90/LH 333/LH 320
- d2k17, Söcking bei Starnberg, Barbaria, May 26-31
LH eco classic HAM-MUC vv, 320/320
ICE, 1st class
Failed Stadt Berlin, May 20-21
way in: a lesson in Deutsche Bahn stereotypes. First half of the train broken and locked, first and second part switched, and the 2nd part reversed to what was just annouced - so the big platform run. Very crowded due to half length, plus a technical issue causing another 20 Minutes of delay. Almost empty car and super smooth on the way back.
- biz trip, Leipzig, Germany, May 10-11
ICE+IC detour (construction) via Hannover, Magdeburg, Halle / ICE via Berlin, all 1st class
Deutsche Bahn's IC2... avoid at all cost.
- AsiaBSDcon + more, Tokyo, Japan, Mar 7-21
LH premium eco HAM-FRA-HND vv, 320/748/748/320SL
Got upgraded into biz FRA-HND
- biz trip, Leipzig, Germany, Mar 3
ICE Hamburg-Leipzig vv, 1st class
Very smooth, no issues, no delays
- biz trip, Malta, Feb 27-28
LH eco classic HAM-MUC-MLA 320SL/320SL, LH eco flex MLA-FRA-HAM 321/321
The seat pitch in the 320SL is nothing short of an offense. LH competes hard
in the race to the bottom now. Can fly Ryanair or Easyjet instead, can't be much
worse than that.
Way back in older 321s was MUCH nicer.
- biz trip, Wiesbaden, Germany, Nov 29-30
ICE Hamburg - Frankfurt, S-Bahn Frankfurt - Wiesbaden / ICE Wiesbaden - Hamburg, all 1st class
All extremely smooth, no delays, no problems.
- biz trip, Ludlow, England, Oct 28-29
EW smart HAM-MAN 320SL, LH eco BHX-MUC-HAM E95/321, MAN-Ludlow by train, Ludlow-BHX by car with customer
EW the same *&(*@ as usual, 45min late, which caused me to almost miss the
last train of the day to ludlow - barely made it since it was slightly
delayed, too. On the return, only arrived 10min before boarding in BHX but
still made it, yay.
- Cathryn's Wedding & more, Edmonton, Canada, Sep 29 - Oct 10
LH eco HAM-MUC-YVR-YEG, YEG-YYZ-FRA-HAM 321/346/320 op AC, 320 op AC/744/320, YYZ-FRA LMU at gate into biz
eTA acquired, good until 2021/08/10
MUC-YVR delayed due to winds, connection missed, arrived 90 mins late
YYZ-FRA delayed by more than 3 hours, Aircraft came in 90 minutes late and
then had an oil leak in engine #4 that needed to be fixed before takeoff,
arrived 4 hours late
- EuroBSDcon, Belgrade, Serbia, Sep 19-26
LH eco HAM-VIE-BEG op OS 321/E95, BEG-MUC-HAM 320/320
conf was 22-25, extra days for organizing it
funny enough BEG-MUC-HAM was all the same airplane, LH's oldest 320, D-AIPA, 27 years old
- g2k16, Cambridge, England, Aug 30 - Sep 5
EW smart HAM-LHR vv, 319/319
new LHR T2 is surprisingly bearable
- biz trip,
ICE, 1st class. Meetings on 3rd, drinks with Benno & Anja after, stayed at their place and back home next morning
Failed Stadt Berlin, Aug 3-4
- biz trip, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Jul 28-29
EW smart HAM-AMS vv, 319 op 4U/CR9
Eurowings, bad enough. 6:40am, even worse.
- n2k16, Prague, Czech Republic, Jul 18-22
EW smart HAM-PRG vv, CR9/CR9
Prague is really beautiful. Unfortunately very very many people discovered that.
- biz trip, Wiesbaden, Germany, Jul 5
EW best HAM-CGN 319 op 4U, EW smart CGN-HAM 319 op 4U, rest by car with customer
I find flying this pretty ridiculous, but the train options are so bad that
there is no other way to make a daytrip work
No issues on the way in; EW's "best" ist very bearable, but far far far from LH biz. Slight delay on the way back, some 30..40 minutes.
- BSDcan, Ottawa, Canada, Jun 7-12
LH premium-eco HAM-FRA-YYZ-YOW 321/744/320, YYZ-YOW vv op by AC, YOW-YYZ-
FRA-HAM -MUC-HAM, YYZ-MUC op AC, 320/ 744 77L/321
No issues on the way to Ottawa, the way back was one giant mess.
Pushback in Ottawa with minor delay, then stopping the engines and parking on
the taxiway for an hour or so because, so they said, Toronto only had two
runways available due to wind. Another delay after landing in Toronto because the taxiway towards our
gate was blocked by another Air Canada plane. Went to the gate of the connecting
flight as fast as possible, and arrived there literally seconds after they
closed doors. When connections in FRA or MUC become that tough, there are people
at the gate picking up affected passengers and get them towards their connecting flight
as fast as possible, sometimes with shortcuts or a direct transfer from plane
to plane - in Toronto, Air Canada just did nothing and ignored the problem.
Queueing at Air Canada's "Customer
Service" (Oxymoron) counter for an hour or so, very unfriendly staff tried
to book us into regular economy, without even mentioning that. When I pointed
that out they claimed they don't know booking class E (on a boarding pass printed
by Air Canada!) but it would certainly be regular Economy and then accused us
of trying to abuse the irregularities to sneak into a better class, also
claiming LH wouldn't even have Premium Economy so we could not possibly have
Eventually rebooked to a flight via MUC with premium eco - very disappointing
given that all of us specifically booked a detour via Toronto instead of the
direct Ottawa-Frankfurt flight just to avoid Air Canada. The flight itself
was even worse than expected, I don't understand how canadians can accept such
ridiculously bad service and unfriendly crew. This flight arrived with severe
delay despite having left on time, connections gone. LH handled that in the
usual good manner, excused, rebooked to a later flight, all within minutes
and with a smile - what a contrast to the badly trained staff in Toronto
fiddling with their computers for more than half an hour, ignoring us while
Eventually made it home with about 5 hours delay.
And of course my luggage didn't make it. Air Canada never sent it onwards from
Toronto and just left it there until LH started to investigate. I got it a
good two days later eventually.
Don't fly Air Canada, they are very very bad.
- Sarah's Funeral, Dissen-Striesow, Germany
by car with friends
- biz trip, Barcelona, Spain, May 26-27
EW/4U Smart HAM-BCN 319 op 4U/ LH eco BCN-FRA-HAM 321/321
EW - as every so often operated by 4U, which doesn't make any difference - was as terrible as expected.
Way back was fine until FRA, completely full 321, on time.
Short thunderstorm in FRA however caused havoc, our crew's previous flight
diverted to STR and thus we had a plane, but no crew to fly it.
Strangely they didn't take my offer to fly the bird to Hamburg if they'd tell
me what buttons to push.
LH failed to find a replacement crew within 3.5 hours, at their homebase - poor.
Finally the diverted crew made it and with exceptions from the night curfews
in FRA and HAM granted we arrived in HAM around 30 minutes after midnight,
that's 90 minutes after the night curfew.
LH asked us to stay at the gate all the time, no drinks or snacks served,
no ability to go to the lounge instead. There is room for improvement.
Didn't get to see anything of Barcelona unfortunately - next time.
- biz trip, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Apr 27
EW smart HAM-AMS vv, op 4U, 319/319
Pretty empty planes - 16 pax in the morning, around 30 in the evening
- AsiaBSDcon + more, Tokyo, Japan, Mar 8-20
LH eco HAM-FRA-HND vv, 320/748/748/321
- biz trip, Vienna, Austria, Feb 29 - Mar 3
EW smart HAM-VIE vv, op 4U, 319/319
- bootstrapping EuroBSDcon, Belgrade, Serbia, Feb 24-27
LH eco HAM-MUC-BEG vv, 320/E95/CR9/321
- biz trip, Zürich, Switzerland, Feb 3-4
LH eco HAM-ZRH vv, op LX, 321/321
- Göttingen, Germany, Jan 16-17
- n2k15, Hangover, Germany, Dec 2-6
- biz trip, Ludlow, England, Nov 12-13
4U smart HAM-MAN vv, op EW, CR9/CR9, train Manchester - Crewe - Ludlow
- biz trip, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Nov 6
4U smart HAM-AMS vv, 319/319
- euroBSDcon, Stockholm, Sweden, Sep 30 - Oct 5
4U smart HAM-ARN vv, 319/319
They failed to acquire funding for my trip
BSDcon Brazil, Fortaleza, Brazil, Oct 9 - 12 or so
c2k15, Calgary, Canada, Jul 15 - 21 + X
BSDcan, Ottawa, Canada, Jun 10 - 13
- Nano-Hackathon, Zingst, MV, Germany, Apr 24 - 27
train, 1st class. IC Hamburg - Ribnitz-Damgarten West and vice versa
Just Peter, Benno and me.
~30m delay on the way in, unrenovated 80s-style IC back, on time.
- Paul's funeral, Utrecht, Netherlands, Apr 8
train, 1st class.
HKX Hamburg - Duisburg, ICE Duisburg - Utrecht.
Back planned: ICE Utrecht - Duisburg, ICE Duisburg - Dortmund, ICE Dortmund - Hamburg.
Back actual: RE Houten - Utrecht, ICE Utrecht - Duisburg, RE Duisburg - Dortmund, ICE Dortmund - Hannover, Taxi Hannover - Hamburg
HKX on the way in was pretty bad. They used a train from the Nord-Ostsee-Bahn,
i. e. intended for regional use. Didn't even have toilets, at least not in
the 1st class car. ICE3M train to Utrecht was nice, however, their Wifi
internet stops working right at the border.
Started the journey back from Houten, got onto the intended ICE to Duisburg.
Connecting ICE was showing up with 80 Minutes delay, too much to catch the
ICE to Hamburg in Dortmund. DB staff sent me to Dortmund on a random RE.
In Dortmund, no options to get to Hamburg. Refused the hotel voucher offer,
found a later ICE to Hannover, and asked them to get me a taxi from Hannover
to Hamburg, they agreed. That ICE was 30 mins late, arrived in Hannover way
past midnight. Staff there refused the taxi option and wanted to send me to
a hotel; I insisted on the taxi option and after a good half an hour of
being "very convincing" got it. Arrived in Hamburg at 02:15 in the
morning - a 19 hours day.
- AsiaBSDcon, Tokio, Japan, Mar 11 - 23
LH biz: HAM-FRA-HND vv, 321/748/748/321
Booked eco, reward upgrade to business.
Upper deck on the 748 both ways,
love it. Direct transfer between planes in FRA on the way back due to delay.
Had the ^&@#^( "Fanhansa Siegerflieger" on the way back.
- s2k15, Brisbane, Australia, Feb 3 - 13
SQ eco: LH HAM-FRA 321, SQ FRA-SIN 388, SQ SIN-BNE 333, SQ BNE-SIN 333, SQ SIN-SIN 388, SQ SIN-FRA 388, LH FRA-HAM 321
On the way back on the SIN-FRA leg, we sufferend an engine failure of the number 2
engine and had to return to SIN, after a good 4 hours into the flight, making
this an 8+ hours roundtrip. SIA handled the situation quite well, the total travel
time from brisbane to home went up to 43 hours tho - painful.
- Esdenera Launch Party, Hannover, Germany, Oct 15
ICE, 1st class. Went relatively smooth despite the strike, relatively
few trains going (known in advance), 30 mins delay on the way in, on time
on the way back.
- EuroBSDcon, Sofia, Bulgaria, Sep 23 - 29
LH eco: HAM-MUC 320, MUC-SOF E95, SOF-MUC 320, MUC-HAM 319
- Vacation, Madeira, Portugal, Aug 28 - Sep 4
Condor eco: HAM-FNC 320, FNC-HAM 320
Flying Condor is not a pleasant experience. Madeira, however, is pretty awesome.
- Ljubljana, Slovenia, Jul 7 - 13
LH/JP eco: LH HAM-MUC 319, JP MUC-LJU CR2, JP LJU-MUC CR9, LH MUC-HAM 321
- Meeting, Kiel, Germany, June 6
- BSDcan, Ottawa, Canada, May 13-19
AC eco: LH HAM-MUC 321, MUC-YUL 333, AC YUL-YOW DH3, YOW-YYZ 320, LH YYZ-FRA 744, FRA-HAM 319.
The 333 on the way in was very very nice with a freshly overhauled cabin,
the 744 on the way back was a wreck with failed cabin lights, inop call
buttons and a disintegrating seat. Fortunately that is a rare exception on LH.
- Marrakesh, Marocco, Apr 17 - 25
4U (Germanwings) smart HAM-CGN-RAK, RAK-CGN-HAM, all 319.
Germanwings is disappointing if used to LH. CGN for transfer is a fail.
- biz trip, Lübeck, Apr 10
train, 1st class
- Berlin, Apr 4-5
ICE, 1st class. Slight delay on the way back. Stayed at Benno's
- AsiaBSDcon, Tokyo, Japan, Mar 12 - 23
LH eco HAM-FRA, FRA-NRT 747-400, ANA NRT-MUC 787-8, LH MUC-HAM
The 787 is a big disapointment. Tight and loud.
- biz trip, Lübeck, Mar 3
train, 1st class
- New Zealand, Jan 11 - Feb 3
SQ eco HAM-FRA-SIN-CHC, CHC-SIN-FRA-HAM, HAM-FRA-HAM op LH, 321/77W/772/772/388/321
6 hours for dinner in Singapore on the way back
Moscow, Russia, Dec 12 - 15
LH eco HAM-FRA-DME, DME-FRA-HAM, 320/321/321/319. The long legs were
pretty empty, maybe 70% on the way in, less than 50% and completely empty biz on
the way back. Slight delays on the way in because of Moscow weather.
Moscow itself was very nice.
- biz trip, Weimar, Nov
train, ICE to Fulda, IC to Weimar, return ICE to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe,
conecting ICE delayed like hell, so used another one, home 20 mins later than
planned. 1st class as usual.
19 - 20 20 - 21
- vBSDcon, Dulles/Washington D.C., USA, Oct 25 - 28
LH biz HAM-FRA-IAD, long legs on 747-8i. The new LH biz leaves me
with mixed feelings. The full lie-flat seat is nice, however, as a seat
the old one was better, the new one clearly wins as bed. The materials,
esp the silver-painted plastic, don't give a premium feeling.
The 748 is very quiet, tho not remotely as quiet as the A380, and
doesn't give the sedan-like feeling the A380 has, it is much more a
victim of turbulences. Doesn't have the aha-effect of the 380 at all.
- hackathon, Berlin, Oct 17 - 21
train of course, overcrowded ICE even in 1st class on the way in, half-length train only. No issues but a tiny delay on the way back.
- EuroBSDcon, Malta, Sep 26 - 30
LH eco HAM-FRA-MLA, 321/brand new 320 with sharklets/321/321
- Hiking in Bulgaria, Aug 25 - Sep 2
LH eco HAM-MUC-SOF, 320/E95/E95/319
- work at customer site, Karlsruhe, Germany, Aug 21 - 22
Intersky eco HAM-FKB, ATR72-200, op by Avanti Air
- biz trip, extended by a day for a party, Marburg, Germany, June 21 - 23
Train, 1st class. ICE Hamburg - Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe, IC onto Marburg,
ICE on time, IC 20m delayed. Back RE to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe on time,
ICE onwards to be delayed by at least 20m, caught an earlier slightly delayed one,
which I could only reach due to the delay, arrived a few minutes earlier than
- biz trip, Weimar, Germany, June 12 - 13
Finished early, thus return thursday. Train, 1st class as usual.
Planned Hamburg - Göttingen ICE, onto Weimar by RE. Flooding-related
chaos led to 3 ICEs, Hamburg - Hannover - Fulda - Erfurt, then RE to Weimar,
arrived an hour late.
Way back as planned, 10m delay.
- BSDcan/West Coast Trail/t2k13, Ottawa/Vancouver Island/Edmonton/Toronto, Canada, May 14 - June 6
LH eco HAM-MUC, 320, emergency exit seat. LH eco MUC-YUL, 333, again
emergency exit seat with galores of legroom, got food & blanket from biz for
no apparent reason. And AC eco YUL-YOW, whopping 28 minutes gate to gate,
in an oooold Dash 8-100.
AC eco YOW-YYC, E190. While I like the E-Jets in general, for an almost
5 hours long flight this was unpleasant in at least this config. AC eco
YYC-YYJ, Dash 8-400.
AC eco YYJ-YVR, Dash 8-300, 23 minutes gate to gate... and AC eco YVR-YEG,
AC eco YEG-YYZ, A320
LH eco YYZ-FRA, 346, emergency exit seat with plenty of legroom.
LH eco FRA-HAM, 319
- Berlin, Germany, May 4 -5
Just a little fun trip meeting Uwe, Stefan, Sebastian, Peter and Bret. Train.
- AsiaBSDcon, Tokyo, Japan plus a little more, Mar
Mar 12th: flew 60 Minutes in an LH A319 from HAM to... HAM. Frankfurt
closed for several hours due to massive snow and wind while we were in the
air, so it was decided to return to HAM. Spent another 2.5 hours getting
rebooked onto the same flights for next day. Lufthansa gave me taxi
vouchers without me having to ask.
12 13-21, LH biz reward
Mar 13th: still chaotic. Quickly changed to an earlier flight to FRA.
Parking at the gate for another 90 mins, then finally to FRA. Connection
would have been tough, but the next flight was an hour late as well since
the aircraft came in late from Miami. Arrived in Tokyo about 60 mins late.
The main deck (A380 Tokio) was supposedly full, we've been roughly 20 pax
in the upper deck. I was alone in my row. Slept long and well, I like
LH's biz :)
No big natural disasters this time - an earthquake at six point
something, not a problem for them, I slept and didn't even notice. And
a typhoon, not too strong either. The power outage in Fukushima didn't lead
to dramatic consequences either.
The flight back went smoother, Narita to FRA as planned, LH A380
Johannesburg, biz was only 30% full. Arrived 40 mins early
due to strong tailwinds. Strike in FRA, this time LH ground handling people,
ended at noon, I arrived two hours later, good timing. There were giant
queues at the rebooking counters, I changed my flight to HAM to one an hour
earlier in the lounge. That flight was half an hour late, last not least due
to my luggage. Side-anecdote: the FRA-HAM rebooking got me from booking class
I (biz reward) into C (full-fare biz) so that I ended up getting bonus points
for a flight paid for with bonus points :)
- biz trip, Malta, Feb 5-6
LH biz HAM-FRA-MLA and vice versa. Open return date, but finished fast.
Delay on the way in due to a defective emergency door (actually same fault
on this LH A321 as in the Quantas 737-800 in ZQN a bit over a week earlier),
an hour delay on the way back due to snow in FRA and a defective air
deflector on the righthand engine, fixed with us onboard by LHT Malta
- New Zealand, Jan 1 - 26
BA/Quantas HAM-LHR-SIN-SYD-ZQN and vice versa, long legs on A380.
A quick oneway ZQN-CHC on Air New Zealand.
1st week with rental car, Nelson Lakes, Mt. Olivier and
finally to Dunedin. Dunedin to Queenstown by Bus.
- c2k12, Coimbra, Portugal, Nov
general strike in portugal on the 14th, thus re-scheduled to 15th
14 15 - 20
LH eco HAM-FRA-LIS, train to coimbra
- EuroBSDcon 2012, Warsaw, Poland, Oct 18-22
LH eco HAM-DUS-WAW, LO WAW-MUC, LH MUC-HAM
- n2k12, near Munich, Germany, plus Hike "Tuxer Alpen" in Austria, Sep 17-24
LH eco HAM-MUC
- hike in nothern sweden, Sep 7-15
LH/Eurowings eco HAM-ARN, flight in affected by the strike, got a direct flight instead of transfer via MUC, the direct was 500 EUR more when I booked... return direct as booked
- g2k12, Budapest, Hungary, July 6-14
LH/Eurowings HAM-BUD eco. Budapest is really nice.
- business trip, Trondheim, Norway, June 14-15
LH biz booking, super complicated, done 3 days in advance, not doable
online since LH's system threw errors like mad. LH status customer hotline
needed almost an hour to find a badly timed connection that was actually
bookable. Flown: Eurowings biz HAM-OSL (I was alone in 4 rows of
biz ;)), SAS eco OSL-TRD (changed in Oslo to one an hour earlier, eco-only
flight), SAS eco-plus TRD-CPH (no biz on that one), SAS biz CPH-HAM
(changed in Trondheim to one 3 hours earlier, saving me from a long
layover in Copenhagen - flight was on MD81, an aircraft I never wanted
to fly due to a design failure and its pretty bad crash track record).
I like Norway a lot.
- business trip to customer, Helsinki, Finland, May 29-31
LH eco HAM-FRA-HEL - a WWII bomb and a defective aircraft, arrived 3
hours late at 2am, hotel around 3am.
LH biz HEL-FRA-HAM, this time just weather and the connecting flight
missed, they had already rebooked me while flying, but I just walked up
to the gate of yet another delayed HAM flight that was just being boarded
and convinced the staff I'd take that
one - less than 10 minutes on the ground in FRA, about an hour late in HAM,
checked bag didn't make it of course, got it delivered the day after.
In total, just one out of four flights flown as booked...
Didn't get to see much of Helsinki, but liked what I saw a lot.
- BSDcan, Ottawa, Canada, May 8 - 14
LH eco HAM-FRA, AC eco FRA-YUL-YOW and vice versa.
Air Canada as bad as usual. Aircraft change
on the way in so I ended up on the horrible Air Canada 763 that i specifically
wanted to avoid... at least had the desired 333 on the way back. The Montreal
to Ottawa hop is as long as 28 Minutes gate to gate ;)
- business trip to customer site, Malta, Apr 25-27
LH biz HAM-FRA-MLA and vice versa. Why people go to Malta for vacation
is beyond me.
- business trip to customer, Karlsruhe, Germany, Apr 18/19
By train, there's a direct ICE. As usual in first class so I can work.
Used the time on the way back to review the first half of Michael Lucas'
upcoming 2nd edition of "Absolute OpenBSD". It's going to be
an awesome book.
- AsiaBSDcon, Tokyo, Japan, plus hike after, Mar 21 - Apr 1
HAM-FRA-NRT, NRT-FRA-HAM, all LH eco, long haul on A380. Extra roundtrip
over Hamburg on the way back since the first landing attempt failed.
- business trip to customer, near London, UK, Feb 25-28
LH eco, LHR aka Deathrow is surprisingly bearable on a saturday.
"fun" with a cancelled flight on the way back, thanks lufthansa
- EuroBSDcon, Maarssen, The Netherlands, Oct 6 - 9
Ryan and I gave the "10 years of pf" talk. We sat down
with claudio and went over the gigantisch NAT64 diff to get it commit-ready.
I spent some more work on the 2nd step queueing diff. Gave the traditional
"OpenBSD update" talk, too.
Flew LH/Eurowings to AMS - about 2 hours delayed (aircraft change + chaos
in FRA) - and took the train to maarssen, otto gave me a ride to AMS on the
way back, where I only had about half an hour delay.
- s2k11, Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 16 - 23
ljubljana is awesome, very very very well organized hackathon, nice people,
and a very nice climb in the alps. I'll be back.
Flew Austrian HAM - VIE - LJU - VIE - HAM, operated by LH / 2x adria airways /
Austrian. About 90 minutes delay on the way back.
- slackathon, Stockholm, Sweden, August 3 - 7
Flew LH/Eurowings to Stockholm-Arlanda
- c2k11, Edmonton, Canada, June 25 - Jul 14
yes, hackathon is just one week. but there are awesome hikes in Canada :)
No natural disasters and I made all 7 flights as planned!
HAM - FRA - YVR, Victoria - YVR - YEG, YEG - YYC - FRA - HAM
- BSDcan, Ottawa, Canada, May
missed the first flight, had to change the booking, pay almost a fortune,
had to go through LHR on the way i and lost two days.
Air Canada Germany was very very very helpful and nice,
bended the rules quite a bit. Flying with them still sucks nontheless.
Ryan brought me my stuff from Tokyo, yay.
HAM - LHR - Ottawa, Montreal - MUC - HAM
10 12 - 18
- Erlebnisorientierter Ausflug nach Pinneberg, 1. Mai
- on-site customer support, Karlsruhe, Germany, Apr 13 - 14train
- k2k11, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, Mar 28 - Apr 7
LH HAM - FRA, Icelandair FRA - KEF, KEF - FRA, LH FRA - HAM
- Tokyo, Japan, March 11 -
yes, I was in Tokyo during the earthquake, arrived 5 hours before in
Narita. Made it home safely - was in Yakushima when Fukushima went bad,
more than 1000km away. Yakushima -> Kagoshima -> Tokyo-Haneda ->
Osaka-Kansai (stay overnight) -> (Stop in Seoul) -> Munich -> Hamburg.
Yes, that was an Odyssee, Lufthansa was awesome, ANA was terrible.
All of us cancelled AsiaBSDcon.
And there's still hope I eventually get my stuff left in
Tokyo back. Got upgraded into business for the long hop both ways.
- EuroBSDcon, Karlsruhe, Germany, Oct 8 - 10
- Sakae Mura, Nagano, Japan, September 16 - 30
j2k10 hackathon, a hike and a few days in tokyo.
- Karlsruhe, Germany, Aug 16 - 17
classic business trip.
- Edmonton and Vancouver Island, Canada, Jun 11 - Jul 3
- BSDCan, Ottawa, Canada, May 11 - 16
- Melbourne and Tasmania, Australia, Jan 6 - 29
and a stop in Singapore on the way
- Chaos Communications Congress, Berlin, Dec 27 - 29 (?)
- h2k9, Coimbra, Portugal, Nov 20 - 27
- EuroBSDcon, Cambridge, UK, Sep 19 - 20
- f2k9, Stockholm, Sweden, Aug 7 - 14
- KCA2009, Brisbane, Australia, Jul 14 - 18 - cancelled
I missed the flight :(
- work at customer site, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 26 - 27
- c2k9, Edmonton, Canada, May 28 - June 12
some pictures exist.
- Israel, May 8 - 16
Vacation. Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Dead Sea.
some pictures exist.
- FOSS Aalborg, Aalborg, Denmark, Mar 23 - 25
- DCBSDcon, Washington D. C., Feb 4 - 9
some pictures exist.
- n2k9 hackathon, Basel, Switzerland, Jan 26 - 31
some pictures exist.
- n2k8 hackathon + hike afterwards, Ito/Tokyo, Japan, May 2 - 16
fantastic experience. some pictures exist.
- West Coast Trail hike, Vancouver Island, Canada, June 16 - 25
Lovely. Pictures exist.
- c2k8 hackathon, Edmonton, Canada, June 5 - 15
- Slackathon, Stockholm, Sweden, Sep 10 - 14
- Chaos Communications Congress, Berlin, Dec 27 - 29
- work at customer site, Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 20 - 22
- Confidence 2007, Krakow, Poland, May 10 - 14
Beautiful city, very nice people, great conference - recommended!
adventurous flight via Gdansk and Warsaw.
- Vacation, Sardegna, Italy, April 23 - May 1
Lovely place. Hiked around.
- DE-CIX 5th Technical Meeting, April 18 - 19,
Schloss Kransberg, near Frankfurt, Germany.
Again, lots of fun. Wonderful place, wonderful people, I'll be back. Went by train.
- work at a customer site, munich, Feb 1
nothing exciting, straight flight to munich
- hack.lu 2006, Oct 18 - 21, Kirchberg, Luxembourg
Flew to Luxembourg via Frankfurt.
- c2k6 etc, May 24 - Jun 11, Calgary / Vancouver, Canada
Flew to Vancouver (Condor sucks!) meeting Ryan. Drove to Calgary a few days
Hackathon from the 26th to the 2nd, including a day hike
Drove towards Vancouver evening of 2nd, camped in the Revelstoke area, then
back to Vancouver on the 3rd.
Hike in the Garibaldi Lake area from Jun 4 - 6
Hanging out in Vancouver for a few more days, some
from going to Lynn Canyon Park and doing the Grouse Grind exist.
Flight back June 10 - 11.
- Work in our Amsterdam Location, May 5 - 6, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Moved our Amsterdam equipment to our new Amsterdam location at SARA and
installed some new stuff. Stayed at Camiel's place, Dinner with camiel,
kettenis and otto. Enjoying the sun on the 6th, since no more work to be done.
Flew to Amsterdam on Lufthansa.
- 4th DE-CIX technical workshop, Apr 5, Frankfurt, Germany
Trains don't run on time, of course.
- Linuxforum 2006, Mar 2 - 6, Copenhagen, Denmark
Gave a revision of my BGPD talk (slides),
it was a lot of fun. Copenhabgen is nice.
Wim picked Jesse and me up in Hamburg and we drove up by car.
- Meeting at DE-CIX, Feb 24, Frankfurt, Germany
Wasted too much time in stupid trains
- nanog36, Feb 12 - 15, Dallas, USA
Talked two times, in the main track (350 people in the audience), and at the
Tools BOF (less people, lotsa fun).
Some pics of the "amazing" city
of dallas exist.
Trip funded by DE-CIX.
- 22c3, Dec 27 - 30, Berlin, Germany
- EuroBSDcon, Nov 24 - 28, Basel, Switzerland
Astroundlingly good conference, lots of fun, and a very nice city.
Flew to Easyjet to Basel, Wim & Marc picked me up.
- OpenCON, Nov 4 - 7, Venice, Italy
Totally insane cool.
Flew HLX to Venice, Fabio picked me up and we travelled on by car and later boat (of course!)
- DE-CIX 3rd Technical Meeting, Sep 15 - 17,
Schloss Kransberg, near Frankfurt, Germany.
Again, lots of fun. Wonderful place, wonderful people, I'll be back. I hope.
- What The Hack July 28 - 31
It was fun. pics all over the 'net, I didn't take any. Went by car.
- Vancouver, Canada, Jun 4 - 15
Stayed at Ryan's place. Quite some OpenBSD work, enjoying nightlife and
a Hike near Powell River. Very cool.
- Calgary, Canada, Jun 1 - 3
Hanging out at Pval's place, cathing up on email and sleep, and a wonderful
Plaid Tongued Devils concert.
- Hike to Turbine Canyon and Three Isle Lake, Kananaskis, Canada, May 30 - Jun 1
Ryan, Theo, Uwe, Pval, Reyk, Jsg, Martin, Claudio and me hiking through the snow
to Turbine Canyon; Ryan, Pval and me to Three Isle Lake afterwards.
- c2k5 Hackathon, Calgary, Canada, May 19 - 29
Day hike to the Lake Louise area, 2 groups of 5 each doing hard hikes,
plenty of people on an easy hike to Mirror Lake. Theo, Ryan, Uwe, Reyk
and me went up to Mount St. Piran, more than 900m elevation gain.
Over 60 developers in attendance of the Hackathon.
- Vancouver and Tofino (Pacific coast on Vancouver Island),
then driving to Calgary, Canada, May 15 - 19
Matt, Ryan, Reyk,Fernando and me exploring the beautiful Tofino area
before driving to Calgary for Theo's birthday and the OpenBSD hackathon.
We flew Air Canada from Ottawa.
- BSDCan 05, Ottawa, Canada, May 12 - 15
Spoke on OpenBGPD
Bob, Matt, Ryan, Reyk, Fernando and me had a lot of fun there.
Drove from Montreal.
- Montreal, Canada, May 7 - 12
Hanging out at Matt's place with Ryan, hacking OpenBSD stuff and enjoying
Montreal (including nightlife, of course!)
Flew Lufthansa to Frankfurt and Air Canada to Montreal.
- RIPE 50, Stockholm, Sweden, May 2 - 4
Spoke on OpenBGPD, over 300 attendees, very successful.
Flew Lufthansa to Stockholm, SAS back to Hamburg.
- DE-CIX technical meeting, Schloss Kransberg, near Frankfurt, April 14-16
About 60 operators from the ISPs peering at DE-CIX were there. I spoke on
OpenBGPD of course, very very successful.
The old Castle where this took place is really great, and the people living
there are just so cool. We had a lot of fun.
- UKUUG LISA/winter conference, Birmingham, Feb 24 - 25
Spoke on OpenBGPD, OpenNTPD and signal handlers. It was very nice, despite
beeing in England ;)
Flew BA to Birmingham Thu morning, directly over to Brussels Fri evening on
SN Brussels Airlines.
- FOSDEM, Brussels, Feb 26/27
As usual attending FOSDEM, spoke on OpenNTPD and Signal Handlers.
Stayed at Wim's in Ghent 'til Mar 1,
then flew Aer Lingus over to Dublin with Theo.
- Dublin, Ireland, Mar 1 - 6
Spoke at UCD on OpenBGPD, with Theo on Exploit Mitigation and Ryan on pf and network stack randomness.
About 200 dudes attending, it was very very good.
The Guinness is very good at the source as well :)
We did a little hike on Saturday,
Flew Aer Lingus to London and Lufthansa to Hamburg on the 6th.
- Customer, Witten, Jan 7/8
Working at a customer site. Train from/to Dortmund, public transport from there.
- 21c3, "The Usual Suspects", Berlin, Germany, December 27 - 29
gave a talk (slides), won the hacktivities again (yay!), it was
a lot of fun. Opposed to last year I took the train instead of driving, that was a wise decision,
especially with the new railroad tracks beeing in place now - only 90 minutes, no way to be as
fast by car.
- Customer, near Munich, Dec 14 - 15
Work at a customer site. Fun with flight delays (1.5 hrs to munich, 2.5 on the way back, Lufthansa)
- OpenCON 2004, Venice, Italy, Dec 10 - 12
Flew Lufthansa to Munich and Air Dolomiti to Venice, I gave 3 talks
very very nice athmosphere and a lot of fun. Flight back on Lufthansa via
- EuroBSDcon 2004, Karlsruhe, Germany, Oct 29 - 31
Drove to Karlsruhe, gave a talk (slides)
- Calgary, Canada, Sep 13 - 27
Doing the OpenBSD 3.6 release. Stayed at Theo's, Mickey was also there.
release work was really hard this time due to last minute issues. A lot of fun in between
and after we got it out of the door tho... including gigantic mountain bike rides and very cool
Flew Lufthansa/Air Canada via Frankfurt.
- Sucon 04, Zürich, Switzerland, Sep 2 - 4
Flew Lufthansa to Zürich; very very nice and well organized conference.
Gave two talks (slides),
and enjoyed Zürich a lot... what a city! Well, see yourself :)
- Vancouver/Sechelt/Calgary/Montreal, Canada, Jun 16 - Jul 7
Flew to Vancouver, meeting Ryan and spending a few days in Sechelt, then driving to Calgary
(a 14 hours drive). OpenBSD hackathon there, staying at the Hyatt Hotel for the hackathon duration.
Move over to Theo's afterwards, stayed longer for some more hacking, beer, and a few gigantic mountain bike rides.
Pictures from the Turbine Canyon hike,
c2k4 hackathon, and a few from afterwards.
Flew to Montreal on the way back, spending a night a jfb's and having a nice day with the montreal
gang (jfb, vincent, matt, plus brad came over from toronto and pval from calgary) - unfortunately
there are pictures of that.
- Edmonton/Calgary/Vancouver/Sechelt, Canada, Apr 5 - 29
Flew to Edmonton, staying at Bob's. Doing the OpenBSD 3.5 release work. Over to Calgary for a few
days as well. Driving from Edmonton to Vancouver later in Bob's truck, with only one
disaster on the way :) that bob managed to fix within half an hour. Attended CanSecWest/core 04 in
Vancouver, went on to the
pf2k4 hackatathon at Ryan's cabin in the woods in Sechelt afterwards.
Flew back from Vancouver afterwards, with Markus.
- FOSDEM, Brussels, Belgium, Feb 20 - 22
Gave a talk (slides), lot of fun. Staying at Wim's in Ghent.
- Customer, Frankfurt, Germany, Feb 19
With Gregor by train, installing the dialin routers.
- Customer, Frankfurt, Germany, Feb 11
Driving with Gregor and a (rented) car full of equipment to be installed at the data center.
really really really incomplete...
- 20c3, Berlin, Dec 27 - 29
Won the hacktivities :)
- Calgary/Edmonton, Canada, September 2003
Stayed at Theo's in Calgary and Bob's in Edmonton. Doing the OpenBSD 3.4 release work.
Very cool hike, Skyline Trail (pics),
and very cool mountain bike rides.
- CCC Summercamp, Berlin, August 2003
Gigantic party... what an event. There are enough pics on the 'net.
- Calgary, Canada, May 2003
c2k3 hackathon. Unfortunately there are some pics.
really really really incomplete...
- Calgary, Canada, June 2002