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Gare Aix en Provence, and the first railway line in France I’ve seen that is not electrified.

Railway station Aix en Provence showing empty platforms

Visiting the Dalí Theatre and Museum, in Figueres this afternoon. I’ve seen Dalí work before but I knew nothing about him before this visit. Some really evocative pieces in this collection.

The maroon wall and tower of the Dalí Theatre and Museum building.

I’ve fallen behind on the tech news, but I’ll briefly say that after hearing Ben Thompson talk about Apple’s Vision Pro, it’s made me excited about AR/VR for the first time since… well, ever. I look forward to watching the WWDC sessions about it when I get home.

Mercado de La Boqueria, and the location of our Covid-safe celebration lunch for my friend’s recent marriage.

An open air shelted market with stalks selling produce and meats with a large number of visitors.

Visited Sagrada Família this afternoon. Absolutely stunning cathedral. Photos don’t do it justice, especially from cameras with dirty lenses (sorry for all the lens-flares).

Looking up and across the nave of the cathedral revealing the high archways and stained glass windows near the left side.

I resisted for so long, but today I relented: I installed a Meta app on my phone (Whatsapp, which is probably the better ones of the bunch).

We were planning to meet friends for a wedding lunch here in Barcelona tomorrow. It was organised months in advanced, but they had to cancel it because they came down with Covid. Feeling really bad for them. Plans just have a habit of falling apart when you’re travelling.

Making this my first photo of Barcelonia: the lift in our hotel has two doors at 90° of each other. First instance of seeing this.

Inside of lift cart with two silver doors next to each other.

Product developers of Android Auto: make it easy for someone to operate the phone as a navigator. Having someone use the phone to type in map searches is easier than using the car’s touchscreen. If you can’t do that, for the love of Pete make it easy to turn off Android Auto!

Morning walk along a wooded trail just outside Elorrio. Perfect for recharging my social batteries after last night’s wedding reception.

Small roadway flanked on both sides by European woodland.

Elorrio, and the day of my friends wedding. It’s been a few years in the making, due to the pandemic, but the day has arrived.

Elorrio, looking towards the town center.

It never ceases to amaze me how large the seagulls are in Europe and the UK. So much larger than the ones back home.

Two European seagulls standing on a beach.

Now we’re really checking items off my bucket list. TGV from Paris Montpanasse to Hendaye, on the French/Spanish border. Speed topped at 312 km/h on the way to Bordeaux.

Front of a TGV locomotive with livery Inoui under the canopy of Hendaye station.

Did a very broad siteseeing tour of Paris today. Mixture of Metro and walking: we walked 26.17 km. Looked at many of the popular landmarks (not all of them — can’t see Paris in a day), but I think my favourite parts were walking the quieter back streets, away from the crowds.

Where Have I Been

Inspired by Manton and Maique, I thought I’d document the places I’ve visited as well. I’d had to refer to this list a few times in the past so having a record like this is helpful.

In order for a place to be recored, I’ve have had to have landed there. Transfers are not include.

  • 🇧🇷Brazil
  • 🇨🇰Cook Islands
  • 🇫🇯Fiji
  • 🇫🇷France
  • 🇮🇹Italy
  • 🇯🇵Japan
  • 🇰🇮Kiribati
  • 🇳🇿New Zeland
  • 🇳🇺Niue
  • 🇵🇬Papua New Guinea
  • 🇼🇸Samoa
  • 🇸🇧Solomon Islands
  • 🇪🇸Spain
  • 🇨🇭Switzerland
  • 🇹🇴Tonga
  • 🇹🇻Tuvalu
  • 🇦🇪United Arab Emirates
  • 🇬🇧United Kingdom
  • 🇺🇸United States of America
  • 🇻🇺Vanuatu
  • 🇻🇳Vietnam

Along with that, I’ve been to the following Australian states:

  • New South Wales
  • South Australia
  • ACT

Last updated 28 May 2023. Note: I’m writing this while on an overseas trip, so I’ll also be including the countries that I’ll be visiting over the next few weeks.

A Parisian street, and the last few hundred metres of my journey.

A shady Parisian street with few cars and people

At Dubai International Airport, buying $12 coffee and looking for departure boards, which are few and far between.

Inside the terminal of Dubai International Airport, looking at palm trees next to a travelator.

Oof. Hours away from departure and I almost forgot to organise travel insurance. Probably need to write up a checklist for future trips. Remarkable how much is not done for you when you’re not travelling for work. 😄

At the cafe this morning. The ledge of this cabinet is the perfect height for dogs to do this. I always enjoy seeing it.

Little dog reared up with front paws on a low ledge of a glass cabinet holding cakes.

It’s easy to forget that the Mac is capable of making pretty decent screencasts with just QuickTime Player. I’m using it right now to prepare handovers at work: recording how to deploy something to prod so that someone can take it on while I’m away. It’s super useful.

For anyone else that’s interested, the Pixel 6 Pro supports dual SIM, with one of them being an eSIM. Useful information for anyone wanting to buy a local SIM for a trip overseas. Would’ve saved me a bit in international roaming charges if I knew this last year, but better late than never.

One of those days where something’s broken and you’re looking into it, but you can’t because a thing you rely on is also broken and you’re waiting for that to be fixed. This is while you’re side-tracked looking at something else, which is also broken for reasons that are beyond you. 😩

I’m trying to be better at finding solutions to problems rather than just complain about them here. Just this morning I was going to complain about how I wish MacOS had per-mouse tracking speeds. Instead, I made a Keyboard Maestro macro to address this. If it works, I’ll write about that instead.

Turns out the reason behind my failed attempts at connecting to the VPN I was setting up yesterday was because another VPN running at the time was masking my external IP address. Completely forgot about that one. Turning it off has resolved the issue.