June 9th, 2008 2:17 PM

So, I’m back from ESWC in Tenerife. I was hoping to make a post once I arrived about going to ESWC, and with updates on papers, discussions, photos, etc., but events seem to have conspired against me.

I was scheduled to leave Albany on Saturday, May 31st. I was meant to fly to Philadelphia, then to London, and finally on to Tenerife. Unfortunately, super cell thunderstorms were headed for Albany, and my first flight was delayed. This caused a cascade of problems, resulting in my arriving in Tenerife not on Sunday night, but on Tuesday afternoon. I ended up missing entirely the workshop I was meant to present at, and half of the first day of the conference.

I did get to spend an interesting night in the Gatwick Yotel (click through to Flickr to read more about it and see photo annotations):

Yotel Gatwick Capsule

Luckily, during the 2.5 days I was at the conference, I caught some interesting talks, had some great discussions with people about my research (and theirs), and enjoyed the Canaries. I’ll be posting more on the technical bits in a future post (probably on the Tetherless World weblog). There was no email or newsreader checking at the conference, as the hotel network had about 99% packet loss (when you could get an IP lease at all).

Dan and Chris

The trip home was almost as bad as the trip to the Canaries. I had to leave for the airport at 01:00 after a full day of driving around the island, and total travel time was roughly 28 hours. After sleeping in the Tenerife, Madrid, and Philadelphia airports, and a ~3 hour delay of my final flight, I finally made it home on Saturday night.

Auditorio de Tenerife

More photos can be found on my Flickr ESWC, Tenerife set.