【迴轉】2007。冬夜行

Europe / 歐洲 2007

很多人去歐洲旅行,都會去法國,德國或是意大利,卻很少會想到去奧地利。就算是去奧地利,也只會去首都維也納。當年我卻因為要參加一個學術會議而到了因斯布魯克。

我從溫哥華出發,在英國倫敦轉機到德國慕尼黑,再在慕尼黑轉乘火車到因斯布魯克。到步時已經是深夜了。

第二天,步出飯店時,那濕冷的二月天氣跟千里之外的溫哥華不無相似之處。

直到我走到了河邊,見到一排排特色建築物,我才有了「真的來到歐洲了」的感覺。

河邊的屋
舊城區

因斯布魯克整體上給我的印象,是一個悠閒的渡假城市。我在飯店出入的時候,確是看到不少人拿著滑雪用具出去,應該是要到附近的雪山上去。

阿爾卑斯山

 

雖然歐洲風光十分怡人,但這旅程給我最深感覺的時候,卻是在到步的那個晚上。

我在晚上八時左右到達慕尼黑車站,剛錯過了每小時一班的列車。還記得,在月台上等車,聽著耳機裡中島美嘉的《一色》的時候,我抬起頭,忽然感到一種不真實,近乎夢幻的感覺。

慕尼黑車站

十幾個小時前,我還是在地球的另一端。十幾個小時後,我獨自在一個陌生的國度,聽著來自地球另一個角落的音樂。

那是一個奇妙的冬夜。

相集:https://plus.google.com/photos/106857472728015823417/albums/5775299922603417281

 

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夜遊因斯布魯克

travel / 出行

今年的二月十四日,下班後選擇在家中的渡過情人節。很安靜,很淡然,這就是我的人生寫照。

在無聊的時候,我就會想,一年前的今天我在做甚麼?一年後的今天我又會在哪?

不用我多費腦力去想,我就想起上一年的這個時候,我是在奧地利出席一個會議(是的,我是個幸運的研究生)。但二月十四日,我做了些甚麼呢?

那天晚上,我跟隨了會議的安排,坐馬車夜遊因斯布魯克。(先說明,這是自費的!)那次夜遊沒有在先前的遊記提及過,就趁現在補上吧!

那是會議結束前的一夜。我和其他參加會議的學生或教授們在會議場地門前集合,分批的上了馬車。我記得,跟我同一輛馬車的,包括有一位在巴西任教的日裔教授,一位荷蘭的教授,還有拍照時把左右的人摟在一起,很肉緊的中國大陸研究生。

因為蓋著厚厚的毛氈,還有出發前喝了一小杯琴酒,所以並不覺得冷。我們的馬車隊,就在因斯布魯克的街上緩緩前進。駕車的先生充當導遊,介紹沿途經過的名勝古蹟。當中很多我都在白天遊覽舊城區的時候看過了。但晚上的因斯布魯克格外寧靜,但卻不會有不寒而慄的感覺。

「看。」車上忽然有人說道。「這裡的人都把自己的衛星導航器留在車上。這裡的治安真好。」

當然了,天氣這麼冷,又哪會有人在街上幹這沒把握的勾當?

就在我看在四周的街景發呆的時候,我忽然想起:今天是情人節。然後轉念想,用這個方式來過情人節,總算不失特別。只可惜不能每年也在歐洲過而已。

馬車遊沒有預期的長,或許是快樂的時間,總是過得特別短暫吧(對不起,小學作遊記而遺留的職業病),一行人在一個小時後便到達終站,一家(號稱)傳統的蒂羅爾餐廳。

上一年的歐洲之旅,讓我再一次看到世界之大,也看到原來只要能夠適應,到哪裡都能夠生活,不用局限於任何一處地方。

在未來的情人節,我也許(只是也許!)不需要有美相伴,但我絕對想在更多不同的地方,再看,再遊歷。



David’s Not-so-grand European Tour: Part I

Europe / 歐洲 2007travel / 出行

Just to clarify, this is not turning into a travel-only blog. :p

Last week or so, I went to Innsbruck, Austria to attend a conference, and then went to London for sightseeing and a night in Munich in between.

Flew from Vancouver to London Heathrow, and then onto Munich. Although the YVR to LHR flight was delayed, the LHR to MUC flight was delayed as well (delays seem to be commonplace at Heathrow), so I managed to make the connections. Hopped onto the S-Bahn at the airport and went to the Hauptbahnhof (main station). Just missed a train to Innsbruck, so had to wait an hour. The train ride down to Innsbruck took another two hours, making the total length of the journey 20 hours.

I arrived in the Innsbruck Main Station at around 11:00pm. It’s good that the hotel that I stayed in is close to the station (it has an underground pathway connecting directly to the platforms), so that I didn’t need to haul the luggage around and trying to find the hotel in the middle of the night.

The conference that I attended was the International Association of Science and Technology for Development on Software Engineering (long name, I know). It is held yearly in Innsbruck, Austria. I presented my paper on the first day. The presentation went all right, if not 100% smooth (I was too tired from the time difference to practice properly). There were a couple of questions, but nothing malicious, so it’s all good from that perspective.

I attended most of the sessions (afterall, that was why I was paid to go there…) as well as the UML 2.0 tutorial, which I found pretty informative. It is interesting to talk to people in other fields as well. I do find that project management is really a minority in the software engineering community, and most software engineering research are related to tools and methodologies. The conference has a fairly friendly atmosphere (from what I can see anyway), probably because of the location of the conference I guess.

I spent a day touring the city by myself. Innsbruck itself is quite a pleasant place. Think Banff with more history. I spent a day walking around the town, notably the Old Town area and along the Inn River, and of course I took some pictures.

The weather there is not dissimilar to Vancouver’s, it was around 6C to 8C during the day and almost always had the chance of rain. The wind is kind of chilling though, and I had to buy a cap on the first day that I was there (I usually don’t like wearing extra things like gloves and caps, in fear of losing them).

Tyrolean food was so-so for me. I feel that the pasta is a little too “cheesy” (as in having too much cheese) to my liking. But I guess not feeling well in the stomach in those days did not help matters.

So, here are the pictures from Innsbruck:

http://www.davidmak.info/album/v/innsbruck/innsbruck2007/

I have uploaded the few pictures that I had from Taiwan and Hong Kong in last December and January as well. They can be found in their own sections in the gallery.

Next stop: Munich