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Part 1 of a Greek Odyssey

I have arrived in Athens, safe and sound. I didn’t have my own Internet access on Thursday, which explains why most people won’t have heard from me. That was sorted on Friday though. The first thing that needs to be said to put any potentially concerned minds at ease is that the strikes and public unrest you may have heard about gripping Athens at the moment doesn’t affect me – I’m far from the scenes and don’t need public transport to get to work either.

Here’s the rest of quite a long post

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Off for a Hellas of a nice time

I’m off to Greece on Wednesday evening, for a two week business trip. Seems a bit short notice, but I’ve known for a while – I frequently neglect this area when things change in my life (you may have noticed). I’ll be there from 18 to 28 March, if all goes to plan (but these things have a habit of changing by a day or two at times).

It should be a nice trip – I’ve never seen Greece before. I’m told it’s still quite cold though, which is a concern – hopefully not too cold 🙂

I’m also a little concerned about getting to church – there aren’t many Roman Catholic churches in Greece, and I’ll be away over Easter, but hopefully I’ll find something. I’ll probably also go to a Greek Orthodox Mass as well, if just for the experience.

Is there anything anyone would desperately like me to attempt to locate in Athens (I doubt I’ll get a chance to go elsewhere)? I already have a coffee request from voyager42. I could easily be persuaded with a bit of palm-Greecing…

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Internet, I have returned

I’m back from a week long internet hiatus (at home, anyhow). They came and installed an ADSL last Monday, the 23rd. However, the router I got from my ISP didn’t function on Tuesday when I got it – it didn’t DHCP and it didn’t have the static IP range I was told it did. The idiotic techie couldn’t get it right over three days, until the provincial manager of the ISP gave us his personal one, which worked perfectly. That left him in the lurch over the weekend – I’m assuming he got one from work on Friday though. That improved my outlook on the IS(P) (this is the only hint you’ll get as to who it is) greatly – the manager is a great guy, even if the techie is hideously incompetent – the router does DHCP out the box, you actually have to work to break it.

In other news, my boss asked me what the state of my passport was today – he’s thinking of sending me to Greece for 2 weeks soonish, perhaps several times. There’s something to look forward to, at least the first few times ;-). I’m told it gets real tedious after that, but we’ll see.


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