Stranger In A Strange Land
By Dwip June 30, 2004 at 7:56 pm Comments (13) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I’m at Whir’s place now. And it’s about 5am Italian time, if anybody’s wondering. I’ve got an hour or two before bedtime. There’ll be some substantive bloggage sooner or later. Probably tomorrow, once I figure out how I want to do it, and have actually slept. Because I haven’t in about a day now. Also, O’Hare airport is dying, come the Revolution. [edit] Ok, here’s how it’s going to work. Probably about once per day or so until I’m out of ’em, I’m going to start posting bloggage from the trip. I’ll backdate them to last month, so look somewhere below this entry for them. [/edit]


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Sleep Now in the Fire
By Dwip June 30, 2004 at 10:44 am Comments Off on Sleep Now in the Fire RSS Feed for this post

Ostia, 6/27/04 The title of this entry presumes that I’m going to Pompeii, and in that context makes sense. However, since it seems fairly unlikely that I’m actually going to make it to Pompeii, for assorted reasons involving the amount of pain involved in the walk through Ostia, the general suckfulness of Italian trains, and me being a dumbass and not getting a ticket back in the day a ways. Speaking of dumbasses, there are smart people in this world, and there are stupid people. There are people who retreat from the sun during the extreme heat of the day, and there are people who ignore the heat and just keep going. Consequently, there are people who get totally fried […]


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The Power and the Glory
By Dwip June 27, 2004 at 6:43 am Comments Off on The Power and the Glory RSS Feed for this post

Rome, 6/24/04 I’ve seen precious little of said power and glory so far, but then, I just got off the damn train and got a hotel. At 6 pm. Since I checked out of my hotel in Ravenna at about 9 am, that ought to tell you about what I did with my day. Spent it in train stations and on trains, pretty much. The 9:30 train to Bologna wasn’t too bad, and got me there in plenty of time for the 10:46 Eurostar to Rome. Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t taking the 10:46 Eurostar to Rome, I was taking the 1:46 Eurostar to Rome. So, like any self-respecting traveller who’s lugged a suitcase full of clothes, a laptop, and […]


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City of God/Stairway to Heaven
By Dwip June 24, 2004 at 9:56 am Comments Off on City of God/Stairway to Heaven RSS Feed for this post

Ravenna, 6/22/04-6/23/04 So I ended up going to Ravenna after all. I’m really glad I did. I haven’t quite figured out what pissed me off so much about Venice, but Ravenna’s pretty much the opposite. Instead of the hustle and bustle of Venice, Ravenna’s a small, quiet sort of place. It’s sort of like taking Corvallis, adding tons of really awesome architecture, and tossing it in the middle of Italy. It’s even got legions of mad bicyclists, and these bastards on scooters just itching to run you down. That having been said, I love the place. Getting there took a while, though. For one, lugging one’s luggage through Venice is pretty interesting, for pretty Chinese values of interesting, since the […]


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Island In the Sun
By Dwip June 22, 2004 at 9:44 am Comments Off on Island In the Sun RSS Feed for this post

Venice, 6/21/04 As it turns out, the rain was a freak thing, and it was a really nice day in Venice today, which more or less enabled me to go see a whole lot of stuff, which, actually, is a problem, because my ticket to Ravenna is for the 23rd, which means the 22nd may or may not be exceedingly boring. We’ll see. The morning started by a trip down to the hotel desk, where I asked the clerk if, incidentally, I was going to get my passport back at some point. No, he says, only if you check out. Ok, whatever, Italy’s kind of screwy like that I guess, but whatever. So I went out, wandered, and took some […]


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Helter Skelter
By Dwip June 21, 2004 at 12:22 pm Comments Off on Helter Skelter RSS Feed for this post

Stockholm 6/17/04 – 6/20/04 Written live from Venice on the 20th. But more on Venice later. So my arrival in Stockholm was something like this: Got off the plane at Skavsta[1] airport, which is like an hour away from town by bus, during which I got my first taste of Swedish hospitality – This lady with her infant who was taking up two seats denied everyone else who wanted the last seat, but moved over for me. Cool. Of course the baby developed a fascination with my flannel and kept playing with it, but that’s ok, because he was a really cute baby. Not that you really see ugly babies. In any case, an hour and a half later I’m […]


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Live From Stockholm
By Dwip June 19, 2004 at 1:02 pm Comments (16) RSS Feed for this post

Well, looks like everything is back up. Probably be a while until I get anything from the trip up, though – Whir’s place, probably. We’ll see how that works out. I’m at Toast’s right now, enjoying some generous hospitality. Tomorrow it’s off to Venice, and in a little over a week, I’ll be in MI. So I’ll see you all when I see you.


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A Room With A View, Mini-Bar, and Cable
By Dwip June 17, 2004 at 8:20 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Or so says a certain ad on the London tube, which considering this is about Brussels is a bit odd, but whatever. The circumstances sort of merit it, as it happens. Brussels, 6/13/04 Left London this morning, which felt a bit odd, since I sort of felt like I lived there. Packing, saying goodbye to Paul and Jan – all a bit surreal. Getting 6 hours of sleep to get up at 6 and catch a 6:30 tube to Waterloo for my 8:30 train, more painful than surreal. Since the first Picadilly ran at 7, well…yeah. Only to get to Waterloo and stand in a few lines to get my supposedly self-collectable ticket, and to get on the Eurostar. Which […]


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Mary Jane’s Last Dance
By Dwip June 12, 2004 at 5:31 am Comments Off on Mary Jane’s Last Dance RSS Feed for this post

Being an account of the momentous bits of my last week in the UK. Because as we all know, Sunday I’m for Brussels. Monday, in addition to the theater final, we all went out for something of a final group dinner at La Porchetta (“the pig” apparently), which is a fairly decent Italian restauraunt near school. Apart from it being hot enough to do things like, say, forge iron, much food was eaten, and much merriment was had. And by much food, I mean much. The pizzas in particular were spectacularly huge – mediums at least. I, of course, got the one tiny dish on the menu, not that I knew it at the time. But it was good, so […]


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That’s All, Folks
By Dwip June 9, 2004 at 3:56 am Comments (25) RSS Feed for this post

School’s out, as they say, forever. I’m done. Forever, if I so feel like it, though I probably won’t. 17 of my 23 years of life have been spent in school, 5 of them in college. It’s been a long, often hard, road, but it’s all done. I’ve made it.


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Public Service Announcement
By Dwip June 4, 2004 at 1:45 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

First, for those of you who don’t know, Alsherok’s going down starting tomorrow, for an unknown amount of time. Which means no blog for a while. Second, as I will have left school and the country in a week, my ONID email will likely stop working, and I may or may not have access to my Alsherok account. With that in mind, I’ve set up a temp email at Hotmail for y’all to use should you want to contact me. Dwip142@hotmail.com. No, I had no idea Dwip was that popular a name either. That having been said, I will presently set up my ONID email to redirect to the hotmail account, so there ought to be no worries.


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“Dude, Where’s My Bus?”
By Dwip June 4, 2004 at 3:47 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

No, really, I’m still here. Just…late, is all. Busy week. Hey Pete, said where you gonna go? I’ll take that Westbus, take it down to Brighton Beach, Brighton Beach… Yeah. We all did Brighton today, which does in fact have a beach, even if it isn’t the one Type O sang about. Among other things, it’s one of those places where it’s good to be king, since George IV built a very…lavish palace there once upon a time. It’s decorated in fine Chinese and Indian style, and is perhaps even more spectacular than Hampton Court. For everyone else, there’s the pier, which was apparently the place to go to have fun in like, 1906, and still looks it. Nowdays it’s […]


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Everything to Everyone
By Dwip June 3, 2004 at 6:12 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Firstly, Tharavel should be up now, thanks to Putty and the school network. Try [EDIT 10/01/14 – Link redacted] and wait for a while, because it’s a 3 meg download. Should be a .doc and a .fcw inside. For those of you with CC2, the .fcw will be nifty, otherwise you’ll just have to live with the less good map in the .doc. Speaking of the .doc, it’s like 80 pages, and uses columns, tables, and all sorts of pretty bizzare stuff. For those of you not using Word, well, it may or may not work. *shrug* In any case, enjoy, and you know where the email is to drop me comments and questions and such on it. Secondly, I […]


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Live From AHA
By Dwip June 2, 2004 at 1:53 am Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

Typing this from school, which is nowhere near exciting as it may sound. I’ll have more to say later, but let it be known that BF:V does in fact run on the laptop, for 640×480@16 values of run. And lo, there were mad beatdowns by VC, because definitely after having not played for two months, I suck. But by the time I get to Whir’s, I will not suck. And there will be much entertainment derived from this. Also, let’s hear it for the SVD sniper rifle. And the RPD. It’s almost worth it to be Communist these days.


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