I was on my way to South Africa and it seems they changed the visa requirements for NZers. I have been to South Africa plenty of times before and always got a visa at the airport. For some reason, this time, I check ‘just in case’ – and find I have to apply at an Embassy for a personal interview and the visa processing would take a minimun of 7 working days and the outcome is not guaranteed.
So, I miss out on the Decolonising the Internet conference my buddy Anasuya is putting, on also the Shuttleworth panel we were going to be on at Wikimania. Sucks. But, its one of the few times I have had visa hassles as NZers are seen as ‘mostly harmless’ – so I can’t really complain. Except I really wanted to be there… ah well…so, last moment reschedule lands me in Mozambique for a 2 week holiday. Now I certainly can’t complain about that and I’m not even going to try…
Rented a small apartment on the beach and a surfboard… if you want to find me I might not be so easy to find for the next wee while…
When in NZ, I often have meetings at 1am, 2am, 6am… since most of the team is ‘somewhere else’ 😉 That can be pretty tiring but a bonus is that if I can muster the energy I can sometimes slip away on a weekday, during the day, and enjoy Northland. Some photos from such an adventure today. I took my neighbor Mike out for a day’s surf’n at Ahipara.
The first two photos show a car we passed that had tried to get around the rocks (we drove around there today – it needs a good 4WD). The car broke an axle and then the tide came in and wrecked the car… it was a sad sight to see and a sober reminder of how treacherous the coast can be.
These photos of us returning to the Hokianga on the Rawene ferry. The end of a great day.
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Leaving tonight for London. Then:
- London for 3 days (til April 10)
- April 11-13 Athens for a Coko team meeting
- April 13 – 21 working with the team in Athens
- April 23 NZ for Visa processing
Then to San Francisco for a short time before heading to Berlin around May 14 to present at the Digital Publishing Summit.
Hanging in Berlin with my NZ buddy Heidi.
Off to London today for the 3rd PubSweet meet. 3 days of joyous banter about all things PubSweet. This meeting will mainly be a work meet with eLife/YLD, Coko, Collabra, and Hindawi/Thin Slices. We are also onboarding some potential new partners.
Then I’ll be on the road to Berlin to talk hosting and have a birthday drink. I’ll also catch up with the Book Sprint folks.
Then its San Francisco for a couple of weeks! Tally Ho!
Jure and Yannis came to NZ for a tech meet. We were lucky Nokome from Stencil.a also came up for a few days 🙂 We did some good work and also saw the sights. Many of the below photos by Jure.