Yes, this is quite belated. I’ll explain why in a sub­sequent post.

linux​.conf​.au this year was in Wel­ling­ton, New Zea­l­and. It just keeps get­ting bet­ter! It’s always great meet­ing people you oth­er­wise only know online. I was espe­cially impressed by the OLPC NZ team.

Imme­di­ately fol­low­ing linux​.conf​.au, I jumped on a plane to Christ­ch­urch to embark on a week-long tour of the South Island. Long story short, it was the time of my life! I made some amaz­ing friends. I also saw and did incred­ible things, including:

  • awe-inspir­ing views of gla­ciers, gla­cially-formed land­scapes, tur­quoise-col­oured rivers and lakes, beau­ti­ful skies and more
  • heli­hike: a heli­copter trip onto a gla­ci­er, then hik­ing on it
  • a night on a boat on Mil­ford Sound, prob­ably the most beau­ti­ful place on Earth
  • every extreme activ­ity I could get my hands on, including: 

I have most of my pho­tos online now:

I think what sur­prised me most was how adven­tur­ous I can be when I’m not in my ‘nat­ur­al hab­it­at’. I’m not nor­mally a thrill­seeker at all, but in NZ I made the decision to take a hol­i­day from myself as well as from work and home. I even made a con­cer­ted effort to not touch com­puters at all. My phone was off­line for most of the trip (I was using it as a cam­era). I nev­er thought that being cut-off could feel so liberating.

Lew Zealand / Sridhar Dhanapalan by Sridhar Dhanapalan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.
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