Only getting to post this now. Last week, a couple of days after returning from Auslug, I drove from Belfast to Leuven to present my Ethical Hacking for Domino day before the BLUG event. Don’t believe me? Enter my Swanncam freestyle (Carl Tyler may approve).
The venue, was stunning. The town itself is lively and friendly, taken from what little I saw of it. The hacking day (in my opinion) went very well with a full room and even two guests to add their opinions. Mr Bill Malchisky and Andrew Pollack. After that BLUG began. Its hard to describe BLUG without saying it is everything I have seen in professional conferences and more, and yet Theo runs it free for delegates. Hands down the best LUG of them all. Best content, venue, atmosphere, sponsors, speakers, keynote. All of it is amazing. I was lucky enough to be asked to present my Adminblast session, aswell as a connections101.net review with Gab Davis. At the end of day one, I MCd SpeedSponsoring and then started the drive home. That’s where it all started to go wrong.
My plan was to leave at 7.30pm in Leuven, and make the 8am ferry from Stranraer in Scotland. Long drive, but manageable.
I made it just past London and the snow began. By the time I got to Manchester I had to pull in and book into a Travel Lodge in Knutsford (abandon all hope ye who enter here). The next morning I tried to shoot for Stranraer for the 11am ferry. What began was 14 hours of hell. Going back was impossible, going forward was a nightmare. Finally making the ferry at 11pm to be told the last one was cancelled and having to spend the evening asleep in the terminal before getting home for lunch tomorrow. Below is some shots of the Friday as it got worse. The nighttime part is actually a road. You just cant see it.
With all the travel recently, I am going to pull back from the LUGs for a while, focussing on MOBUG and Hacking day presentations. If you are in Germany, stay tuned for some announcements.