Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Traveling light weight

Fresh water river in Andorra la Vella
I used to travel heavy with lots of luggage. Eventually, I learned to travel light. I often avoid even taking the checked in luggage with me, so that I directly go to the border gates, as I already check in at home. By this I avoid the long queues at the luggage drop and further delay at the baggage claim belts. Sometimes I just go on a flight with a small backpack, which also happens to be my laptop bag. I carefully pack the bare minimum stuff with me. This helped travelling further. An ideal example was my travel to Andorra this year, just a day before the EMJD-DC Spring event in Barcelona. 

Since it was a Sunday, most of the shops were closed. I had a look at the books, written in Catalan, speaking the history of the Catalan region. Andorra is the only country which has Catalan as its national language. Andorra la Vella was pleasant, and felt like the hill country in Sri Lanka. I know that the winter will be different, with mountains covered in snow.

Monday, June 8, 2015

New Approaches to Enhance OS Security

The 5th presentation of NSOM module..

Friday, June 5, 2015

The 4th Summer in Europe..

Finally summer is here in Europe, once more. We had the EMJD-DC spring event in Barcelona. I was in Barcelona 31st May - 4th June. This was my second time to be in Barcelona. It is a beautiful city with lovely beaches along the yellow metro line. Last time it was in 2013 winter for the EMDC winter event. So much of deja vu. As with many other travels, this trip too was mostly spent inside the university, due to the scheduled presentations. However, I had the last day to enjoy the city and its beach.

These days I was able to experience "selective animal right" campaigns against the consumption of dog meat in China. Every day, millions of animals - cows, rabbits, ducks, hens, and cute little baby piglets are tortured in farms for the meat all over the world. Some chose to consume dogs, and everyone has become an animal rights activist. In my opinion, unless you are a vegetarian, you have nothing much to voice here. Majority of the animals that end up in our plate have a cruel life and death in the animal farms (you may have seen a million videos from PETA on this). I don't think dog meat tastes good. Feels disgusting. But it is funny to see the selective animal love. Eat whatever you want, as long as it is not illegal where you live. I don't mind.

I am not a vegetarian. Time to make some chicken curry. The plants in my apartment have started to grow with little flowers. Long sunny and hot days. However, it is going to be another busy summer as usual.