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Trekking goodness

Trekking, what a great way to spend time with friends, enjoy the wilderness, and exercise, all at the same time. I just came back from the hardest one so far. It was 2 days of very real mountain climbing (we managed to move about 1.1km vertically, for a grand total of 30km on the entire trip). Suffice to say I was exhausted when it ended and that yesterday's dinner was the best meal of my life :)

I'm in the process of uploading the video of the trip and will share it as the conversion process finishes on vimeo.com.

Peace all ;)

Going on a road trip

For the past few years i've been playing around with the idea of going on a road trip but was never able to get anyone else on board. After people start working it becomes very hard to organize common vacations amongst friends, so it just never happened. Last month i decided that i *have* to go on a road trip, even if i have to go alone. At some point the idea started slowly to become an "into the wild" kind of thing and it became clear that going solo will be a much richer experience. Not that i don't like company, on the contrary, but i will have complete freedom to go wherever i feel like going :)

And so it is. This Saturday i'll get some stuff in my car and take off, with only a rough idea of where i want to go. My plan is to visit the most isolated places in my beautiful country (Portugal) - something that i have been wanting to do for ages - and take a gazillion pictures to show off this awesome corner of Europe to anyone that wants to visit it.

Later i'll post a list of things i'm taking with me (yep, there's some thought to that, i'm not going Rambo on this one :)), maybe it can help other fellow adventurers :)

Here's the rough plan, (very) subject to change:

Christmas vacations

Just came back from Portugal. I wish I could stay there at least one more week, but that's the way it is.

Yesterday I drove around 600 Km to go skydiving in one of the best locations in the world. Here's some hints of what you will see from above:

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And here's the location, in Portugal:

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Also, it was the first time I jumped from a Dornier. And a cool one, for that matter:

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I managed to do 3 jumps; 2 solo and the last one with my great friend Ricardo. We exited the aircraft perfectly holding the position against the relative wind and pull some dockings and front flips just for fun :D

The DZ will be in operations with a PAC 750 XL (owned by queda livre) and the Dornier at least until the end of the year so, if you are in vacations in Portugal, drop by ;)

Blue skies!

The need to unplug

Did you ever feel the need to unplug from your online life? I'm referring to the range of social networking tools that we have around us, like facebook, twitter, posterous, plaxo, linkedin, hi5, pingfm, just to name a few. I know I have, in more that one ocasion, and today I finally started thinking about it seriously.

Every day I grow more and more overwhelmed by the amount of information that surrounds me (and that consumes my time); The twitter updates, the photo uploading on flickr or picasa web, all the blogs to read, the blogs to write on, it's just too much information (and little bit waste of time, in some cases). So, going for Pareto's principle, I will gradually start to cut back on those services. Hopefully, this will give me some time back.

This means that I can finally put a bigger effort on my soon to be moved homepage and consolidate it as the *only* place where I post stuff (the final mileage may vary).

Wish me luck ;) Posted via email from nocivus' ramblings

The 30th row

I've always been curious about experimenting with different seats inside airplanes so, in this entry, I will try to sum up my conclusions about traveling on the 30th (the last) row of a Boeing 737-800, from Amsterdam to Lisbon with KLM Airlines (now AirFrance).

I would assume I was going to get less stress and confusion seating there than, say, the middle of the airplane. I was wrong.

The first thing I noticed, when reaching my seat, was that both the baggage compartments for these 3 rows (28, 29 and 30) were already filled with KLM stuff. I ended up having to put my jacket 5 or 6 rows further up the aircraft. Not a good start; if you don't have enough space to put all your crap, KLM, get bigger planes! Don't make people have to pay for it.

I sat down. The first thing I noticed was that this is the only freaking row on the airplane where the seats don't recline back. That really pissed me off, since I could no longer make use of this uber cool inflatable pillow I bought. Another thing that was really bad - though, in truth, I never noticed - was that at least in the 30C (mine) and 30D aisle seats there is this metal thing keeping the seat in front more stable, which kind of reduces the space available for my feet. Not sure if it's there in all aisle seats, but it's kind of annoying.

Now a bit of good news for those that want to experience a lot more turbulence that in the middle of the plane: You get the food first, since one of the trays goes into the front, and another starts from the back (you are in the last row, after all). This would be actually a good thing, except that the food was crap. Ok, it was shit. No, I take that back; I have tasted shit that was better. That particular corgette salad was inedible and the bread, I'm pretty sure, had been baked the day before. After the food, and as usual, I got the choice amongst several sweets. I went for the lolly pop. I figured that if this company treats me like I'm 6 years old, and have no conscience whatsoever of how much they are robbing me, I might as well continue the child-like behavior.

Now that the good news are done, let's go back to the crap. Literally! This seat is back to front with the bathroom doors. This means that, from times to times, you will get this really awesome (make that awe "full") sky breeze that will make you return the food you already ingested. That, combined with the fact that you will get dozens of air toillet users passing through you during the flight, will make for an extremely rewarding flight experience. One that you will never forget, at least.

To make it really really awesome, my laptop's battery was at 5% when the plane lifted off...