Getting to Ecuador from Colombia was really quick and easy. I think the flight time from Cali was about 45 minutes. We arrived late in the day, so it was bed and straight to the conference.
We had a little car trouble on the way to the venue, so we were a little late. Fortunately my laptop was ready to plug in and go, so that’s what I did. I think the translators got an easier time during this conference, because I got the speed of my presentations about right. Both talks went well and I got to speak to a lot of people between sessions. I also got to do an interview for the user group and a local computer magazine. I was famous for 15 seconds in Quito.
On the evening we went for a tour of Quito. Unfortunately I forgot to take my camera, so I just have a few very bad shots from my phone. I’m sure you’ll see some great shots from other people on the tour though.
The following day we took a trip to see a volcano crater, a big market and the equator.
Being inside the crater of a volcano (even an extinct one) is a strange experience…
The trip to the equator was a real bonus. It’s odd to think how happy it made me to stand on this line.
I even got a bit over-excited and did a couple of tricks.
I’ve made some of the photos available, including some I “borrowed” from other people on the tour.
Once again, a very big thank you to Paola, the tour organisers and the ACED program for making this trip happen. Latin America is definitely a great place to visit!
In a few minutes I’m off to catch a flight to the next location. It would be really nice to get some sleep some time soon!
Update: I just found this video interview from this event. It makes me laugh. I’m trying so hard to speak slowly and clearly I can see myself straining, then visible relaxing at the end of each sentence.