During 2023 I have visited 4 countries: Australia, Latvia, London and my hometown in Spain. If we add layovers, that includes more countries: UAE and Poland. Surprisingly, the most complex work trip involving Japan, Latvia, London and Spain went almost perfectly. But lost my ticket back home and had to re-book one in a pinch. Thankfully everything went OK.
Work wise I believe this was a good year. I got promoted, I did a technical presentation in Japanese for the first time in my life and published my research in VirusBulletin.
|Presentation at VTユーザー会
Also, I was surprised at the Cyberchess conference. The event was packed with lots of interesting talk and the vibes were awesome. Contrary to the name of the conference, Cyberchess, there were no chess boards. I was surprised when I noticed the speaker present was a set of chocolates shaped with Chess pieces. I hope to drop by again soon.
We also explored Japan on the road, the latest of the trips around Hiroshima. The roads down there were nice, and less packed with traffic lights compared to our surroundings. The sad thing is that most expressways are not free, and they are not cheap either. The alternative of using local roads is to add a couple of hours to the trip, which doesn't feel good. Fortunately there is little to complain about the roads, they are well kept.
|Down to Hiroshima!
This year I have finally managed to stick to a consistent gym schedule and after half a year the results can be felt. I really dreaded visiting the gym, so it's my little victory. My in-laws frequently need help with their fruit fields in high season. Because of that we have gone whenever we had time.
Anyway, I ram out of themes to write about here. Happy holidays and happy new year!