Tales and photos from distant realms

  • Arrived Chiloe

    Arrived Chiloe

    I mentioned, previously, that when we arrived in Santiago, we showered and went to bed, in anticipation of a 4AM start, for a flight at 6:30 or so. Luckily for us we woke up around 8PM, decided that we didn’t need dinner, but would see how the network was going. At that point we (re)discovered […]

  • Well, that didn’t last long…

    I think that our NBN stayed up about ten hours, before bouncing another two times. In my personal yesterday afternoon, I’d been sent an SMS to say that NBNco were going to be doing network maintenance in my area, and that I should expect outages. So perhaps that’s OK? Anyway, my stats show that the […]

  • Touch wood: network up for more than an hour!

    Several sessions with Telstra service techs later, and an overnight “watch” was able to convince them that sure enough, my modem had been in yoyo mode. Their remote-end tests, and the ones also done on behalf of NBN infrastructure all suggested that the network side of the wall socket was “fine”, and that the problem […]

  • Oops, where did the time go? Off again in 30-ish hours

    Talk about leaving things to the last minute. Well, not entirely, the organizing and booking are all in hand (touch wood). There’s some data-wrangling still to go. The NBN seems to have chosen this moment to go into yoyo mode: we’ve had a new IPv4 address assigned at least half a dozen times in the […]

  • Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.

    Made it. As expected, Iceland Air couldn’t print boarding passes for the two Qatar legs of the journey, although they could check our luggage all the way through. That’ll be why we couldn’t do the online check-in, either. Not much of a “partnership” really, IMO. We had a bit more time in Stockholm Arlanda to […]

  • Back on the internet, but not yet home

    Back on the internet, but not yet home

    The day of our departure from Greenland was a long, drawn-out affair that turned out to be the day before the day of our departure. The plane that was due to pick us up had mechanical problems and, instead of heading from Nuuk to Keflavik as planned, had done an emergency landing at a Greenland […]

  • A walk west, to the Grótta Island Lighthouse

    A walk west, to the Grótta Island Lighthouse

    Sticking to the plan of spending our time in Reykjavik gently, with intense slacking-off punctuated by the gentle exercise of strolling, I didn’t get out for a walk, yesterday until about four. Good work! Emerging into the still bright light, the wind was brisk and a little cold, from the North. Whitecaps in the harbour. […]

  • Spot of Aurora photography last night

    Spot of Aurora photography last night

    The forecast was for a clear night and strong-ish aurora activity, so we booked the last couple of seats on an aurora-spotting service that would take us to a good viewing spot away from the lights of the city. Downside of last minute preparations was that the pick-up time was earlier than we had hoped, […]

  • A nice long walk along the waterfront

    A nice long walk along the waterfront

    As we had decided to skip lunch, the better to appreciate our dinner reservation at Ox, we breakfasted heartily and then headed out to see if we could get to the little traditional cottage that we had seen around to the east when we arrived. The answer turned out to be “no”, because it’s actually […]

  • Bit of blogging from Reykjavik

    Bit of blogging from Reykjavik

    Three flights later, here we are in Reykjavik! Actually we’ve been here for a couple of days, now, but the first was quite a blur of sleep-deprived crazyness and movement, followed by catatonic slumber. There were some ups and downs on the flights. On the long, 15-hour first leg to Doha, we found that I […]