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.

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