Wrapping up another year
By simonri on Dec 13, 2007
It's day two of the JavaPolis conference and I've now finished with speaking for the year (hurrah!) JavaPolis as ever is a lot of fun, and I have to say that I was very impressed with the demonstration Stephan did this morning for version two of the Parleys web site. I've found the one way system in Antwerp more manageable this year, primarily because I'm staying at a different hotel. Give how hard it is to find a taxi in Antwerp I'm very glad that I brought the car, although the traffic coming through the Kennedy tunnel into town on Tuesday when we arrived was just horrible.
As I wrap up this year I'm also going to give Frankfurt (where we had the TechDays last week) my prestigious 'worst airport of the year' award. Leaving on Wednesday evening I just could not believe how inefficient the whole process of getting through the airport was. Frankfurt is an extremely busy airport so why do they only have four security lines open, one of which is reserved for business class and for the remaining three two are sharing the same metal detector? Given that there were a possible eight lines that could be used this seemed very poor. After a thirty minute wait I managed to get through securtity and then had to face the most officious and unfriendly passport inspector I suspect I have ever had to deal with. I'm leaving the country, not trying to get in, so why give me such a hard time? Just when I thought it was all over I get to the gate (where the plane is starting to board) and have to go through another x-ray/meta detector security check. I asked the woman standing next to the machine why this was. I was rewarded by a blank stare and decided this was not an argument that was even worth starting. Finally onto the plane and on my way home? No such luck. Despite my flight being scheduled to depart from Frankfurt it appeared that the plane was parked in Munich, or at least that was the way it felt given the length of the bus ride to get from the gate to the plane!
I'm spending ten days in Nice after Christmas and will not be taking a laptop or accessing the internet. I'm sooo ready for this.