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06 January 2007

Blimp at Athens Airport

Pic taken from bus


While bringing Eleni to the airport I spotted this blimp next to the road on the fenced off airport area. According to the markings it belongs to "palms.ae" "thepalm.ae". It was tethered down, and I didn't see anyone near.

Makes me wonder if they fly it over the mediterranean to the arab emirates. Would be an impressive tripp.


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19 January 2007

Vroom, vroom!

Up north we go

We are on our way. The Graphics Garage team is on the road to northern Greece, where we will spend the weekend at Plastira lake.

I'm sitting in the backseat of a small Opel, meditating about german car makers and their inability to produce a backseat where one can sit on. In other annoyances the keyboard of my p910 is not lit and the ride is too jumpy for the 'toothpick and onscreen keyboard' routine.

But life is fun, as is travelling!


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20 January 2007

Waking Up To a Summerish Lake

Beauty and warmth


It's incredible that this is January. I woke up to strong sunshine on my bed.

It's warm outside, like spring. The climate change is upon us. Out of the house where I slept there is this view of the lake of Plastira.

Now I'm drinking mountain tea with everybody from the garage sitting around chatting. Next thing should be a fine walk somewhere in the forrest or to the lake.


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Waldspaziergang

Frische Luft und grün


Nach dem Frühstück gings los zum Spaziergang. Eine Gruppe ging zum See runter in Richtung Staudamm, während ich mit einer kleineren Gruppe nach oben Richtung Aussichtspunkt loszogen.

Der Aussichtspunkt wird im Sommer zur Feuerwacht benutzt. Wir bogen irgendwo falsch ab und weil nicht alle wandergewohnt waren schafften wir es nicht bis ganz oben.

Trotzdem hatten wir Aussicht bis zum Olymp und Pilion. Es war shön mit frischer Luft im Wald zu laufen. Ich war froh meine Wanderschuhe aus der Schweiz mitgebracht zu haben. Morgen hoffe ich, dass wir noch zum See runter gehen.


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21 January 2007

Lake Sunday

Evening games, another walk, coming home

I'm back home, a bit tired, but happy for a well spent weekend. Saturday evening we stayed at the hotel, occupied the restaurant and played silly games. This morning I wanted to go down to the lake, so after breakfast I asked around for people to join me. Everybody was tired or uninterested, but Debbie (who had gone up to the mountain group with me the day before). So the two of us went on, found the path to the lake and walked a good length on the shore line. If I hadn't gone down to see the lake I would have missed something. Lake pictures coming tomorrow.

We came back to everybody packing up and leaving. Most of us went for another long lunch, then we went on the road back to Athens. The ride was fast and uneventful, traffic not as thick as I had feared. Went home the last hop with the Metro, back in the thick crowds of the city.


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27 January 2007

Two Days in the Cold

What happened so far

Thursday morning my friend Panos had given me a lift to the airport, where I boarded the flight to Munich. With me I carried a big cardboard box (provided by my friend Thanassis), which sheltered my "new" PowerMac G4 server on the way to his new home. I expected lots of trouble with taking this on as luggage, but neither the Airport, nor Lufthansa had any problems. In Munich we transported the box through snow and ice to Eleni's place, where I had some time to relax, before we went on the next adventure: Getting the box to Ulm, and seeing if it would start up...


As a sidenote I should mention that in Germany winter has arrived (a bit late) with snow and cold. We had to carry the box through lots of snow and half-melted snow. When we went to the central train station we noticed with an uneasy feeling that almost all the trains were delayed (up to 50 minutes), some even cancelled. Our schedule was to go to Ulm, where we would have about 2 hours to get to the location of in-ulm.de (the club who would house my machine for a small fee), install it, then get back to the train station. A 50 minute delay would have made that timeplane hard to impossilbe to keep.

In the end we were lucky that our train departed with only 5 minutes delay (and gathered a total of 15 minutes delay on the way). Took a taxi to avoid carrying the box for half an hour, and then we were at the place. The buildings entrance door was open, but then we got stuck. We couldn't find Herby, the clubs cashier who had told us he would be there. Turns out he had sent me a mail right before I left, stating that he would be rehearsing with his country band in the next room and we should bang on the window. I did not get that mail because at the time I had already packed up the server.

Right about when I was going into full panic mode, the group's practice room door opened and Herby emerged. Things started to turn around. It didn't take me long to get the machine set up and run the script that set up the network settings. In the club's social room I sat at a Linux box and did the further setup from a more comfortable position. I was feeling much more easy and we went back through the cold to return to Munich. It was about 3 in the morning when we got to sleep.

The next day (Friday) we slept late, no wonder. Somewhere about midday, I did some further setup on the server, amongst other things I reset the clock one hour back (from Athens time to Zurich time). That might have been the reason for the next adventure: We then went on for some shopping and eating out at a bavarian restaurant, and when we came back the server couldn't be reached any more. It had lost all connectivity. I checked various theories and came to the conclusion that only my machine had a problem. Lucky me Paul from in-ulm.de happened to be in the club room and he rebooted the G4 (thanks!). After last November's trouble I had a little shock from that episode. But so far it seems things have worked out.

In the evening we met some friends of Eleni at a small greek restaurant. I'm not too much after greek food in Germany (most of those places are just terrible), but it was a nice evening, because some people where playing music. With a guitar, a bouzouki, and a baglama they were playing old rembetika songs. The place was small, seating maybe 25 people with no room to spare. The atmosphere was very familiale, and I enjoyed the evening. Again we came home late and I almost froze my butt off on the way home, but the music was worth it.

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29 January 2007

Back from Munich

A few pix

Now that I'm back from Munich, I got some pix from my phone cam for your pleasure, two of them show my server, while the third one show's Munich with the snow already melting...


Thanks to Thanasis the G4 was properly packaged and ruggedized in the original packaging. But even then it got heavy to carry between stops. It also took up a lot of space, for example here in the train from Munich to Ulm.

Here we see the server happily in his new home, next to all the boring PC hardware. I think it makes a good figure. I've marked it with a red arrow, in case some of my readers don't know the looks of a G4 :-)

This is a street scene from Munich (you can see the Olympia Tower in the background). As this was on Sunday, the snow that tormented me for those 4 days was already melting away. It had started to snow a few days before I arrived and started to melt away the day I left, so I have every right to take this personally!

 

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30 January 2007

Lake Plastira Pictures

A view on the water

Last weekend the Graphics Garage Team went on an excursion to Lake Plastira (Λίμνη Πλαστήρα) in northern Greece. I took some pictures (with my usual crappy phone camera) and made some of my (again usual) panorama pictures...


Saturday we went into the wood. It looks like we met some wood elves in the enchanted forrests around the lake.

A view on the lake from outside the bungalows of our Hotel "Ktima Alonaki". This was taken on Saturday (if I recall correctly) - it's hard to tell because the weather was great all the weekend. The lake is artifical, as can be seen from the dam in the picture below.

On Sunday I went with a walk down to the lake together with Debbie. There is a place like a beach where we rested and took some pictures.

Another montage shot taken from the same place, a bit closer to the waterline. The waterline is low this year, not much rain or snow. The weather wasn't like winter at all either, I had taken a warm jacket with me, and was still sweating while carrying it over my arm.

Towards the end of Sunday's excursion we had a good view of the dam. Later that day on the way home we drove over the dam.

We met some shepherds with goats and big barking dogs on the Sunday walk. The goats (and few sheep) roamed through the trees on the lake shore.

 

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03 February 2007

North Bound Again

...Larissa ...Thessaloniki


HelMUG weekend now. Saturday is a board meeting in Larissa, so I'm sitting in the car with fellow Mac people theogood, argp, and stefanos. It rained in Athens this morning, but we drove into the sun and blue sky.

Driving on the national road reminds me of childhood vacations, driving through a landscape flooded with light. Watching the olive trees by the side of the road, spotting a glimpse of the sea from time to time.


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05 February 2007

Wieder zuhause in Athen

Streik, Regen, ... alles da!

Heute morgen um 6:30 kam ich mit dem Schlafwagenzug aus Thessaloniki wieder hier in Athen an. Geschlafen habe ich zwar schon, aber als kleines Mitbringsel einen Krampf im Genick mitgebebracht, so eine Zugliege hat halt schon nicht den nötigen Bewegungsraum. Ansonsten funktioniert der Nachtzug wirklich gut, fährt pünklich ab, kommt pünktlich an, sauberes Bettzeug. Und mit Ohrenstöpseln kann ich dann auch halbwegs schlafen.

Am Bahnhof in Athen war grosser Markt der Taxifahrer. Ein Pulk von denen wartete wie die Geier auf die Zugspassagiere. Ich dachte "was soll denn das, jeder der sich halbwegs auskennt nimmt doch die Metro" und stiefelte mit einem übernächtigten Grinsen Richtung U-Bahn. Pustekuchen: Streik von 6 bis 9 Uhr, heute morgen keine U-Bahn. Also weiter zu Plan B, denn einen gierigen Taxifahrer der 3 oder 4 Fahrten in seine Taxe presst und dann auch noch ein "Extra-Trinkgeld" rauszuschinden versucht, das muss ich mir nicht freiwillig antun.

Zum Glück kenne ich mich aus, hab ja schliesslich mal ganz in der Nähe des Bahnhofs gewohnt. Abmarsch durch den Regen in Richtung Patision-Strasse. Nach 5 leicht feuchten Minuten bin ich an der grossen Strasse die sowohl am Politechnion als auch an der Athener Wirtschafts-Uni vorbeiführt und auf der die Linie eines (heute nicht streikenden) Busses verkehrt, der mich direkt nach Hause kutschiert. An solchen Kleinigkeiten merke ich dann schon, dass ich hier inzwischen zuhause bin. War auch mal wieder schön meine alte "Nachbarschaft" zu sehen. Jetzt bin ich - nach einer heissen Dusche und einer weiteren Busfahrt - wieder an der Arbeit.


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17 February 2007

Saturday Night Parade

Patras Carnival


It's time for the carnival! Here I am, dancing right through all the Saturday parade.

We're dressed as white and red clowns, very stylish complete with white gloves and umbrellas. (I balanced my umbrella whenever I needed a break from dancing).

Now we're out to party!


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18 February 2007

Send in the Clowns

Patras Carnival Day 2


We're getting ready for Sunday's parade. A few minutes and we will be dancing an even longer course than yesterday.

Party here we come!


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Durchparadiert!

Fertig aber lustig


Uff, geschafft. Wir haben auch die (grössere) Parade vom Sonntag am Karneval in Patras durchgetanzt. Stimmung war nochmal viel besser als gestern.

Anstrengend ist die Sache schon, drum spannen wir erstmal etwas aus. Heut abend geht es dann mit Party und Feuerwerk weiter.


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27 April 2007

Ναυτική απορία

Sea bound

Είμαι στο δελφίνι για τον Πόρο. Στο δρόμο είδα μια πινακίδα και αναρωτήθηκα: Γιατί λέγεται "Αργοσαρωνικός", αφού φτάνουμε εκεί πολύ γρήγορα;


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Islands and Lemons

Travelling to Poros and the Peloponnese


It's amazing how far you can get from Athens in a few hours. This morning we woke up slightly later than normal, went down to Pireus and hopped on a flying dolphin. Same as we would take to Hydra, but this time we got off on stop earlier at Poros island.

Poros is right next to the Peloponnese peninsula. Really right next, you could swim over. We took a small boat over, after we had found a room. Then we took a long walk to a lemon grove. They say that there are 30000 lemon trees there.

We walked some while through them, then sat at a (currently closed) restaurant (pic). Went back the same way, then got some souvlaki (hungry from walking!) and took a nap (tired from...). Now we're going to see Poros town by night.


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06 May 2007

Some Pictures of the Island of Poros

That was two weeks ago already...

Finally some pictures from our two days excursion to the island of Poros. On the first day we went with a small boat over to the Peloponnese, where we walked to the famous lemon grove (about 40000 lemon trees). We went to eat at a very good restaurant in the evening. On the second day we took it easier. We stayed in town, had coffee, relaxed and went up to the "ρολόι" (roloi), the watch tower that is the symbol of Poros.


2CV wreck

While we were searching for the road to the lemon grove, we came across this sad little 2CV ruin.

View from taverna in lemon grove

There is the view from a taverna in the lemon grove, which was recommended to us (on the road) and which we hoped to provide us with some refreshing drinks and a bite to eat. No such luck, it was closed. But we sat a bit in the shade and enjoyed the view.

Poros as seen from the opposite side

This is another view of Poros, from the way back from the lemon grove.

Heideck's fort on a small island

On one of those little islands in the distance there is a fort, built by the german Heideck.

Tree near Galata

We passed by this huge and beautyful tree on our way to the lemon grove.

Panorama view of Poros, from Galata

The town exactly opposite Poros on the Peloponnese is called Galata. Here we see Poros, as seen from Galata. In the bigger view (click on the image) you can almost make out the watch tower above town.

Poros with watchtower

Up there is the watch tower. We're now standing at the seaside, next thing is to walk up there.

Stairs and flowers in Poros

There are a lot of stairs (to go up or down) and flowers (to make the view enjoyable.

Street on Poros

A little street scene. The waterfront is very touristy, but once you go a little bit into the small streets on the hill, it gets much more relaxed and nice.

A catamaran leaving Poros

While we were standing next to the watch tower and enjoying the view, we saw this catamaran leaving Poros in direction to Pireus.

 

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