Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth

August 1, 2006

Catching Up on Some Old Photo Albums

Filed under: Albania,Estonia,India,Travel,Turkey — Andy Carvin @ 6:00 pm

Since yesterday was the last day of the month, I decided to max out the remaining bandwidth in my two-gigs-a-month allotment from Flickr by uploading some photos from my previous travels. Before switching to a digital camera, I used to have my 35mm photos burned to a CD when I got them developed, leaving me with a batch of CDs just asking to be uploaded. So I’ve uploaded three new sets to Flickr:

alt="Indian kids, Jaipur"> href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/andycarvin/sets/72157594217410869/">Rajasthan 2001: Our second trip to India, including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, the Pushkar Camel Fair, Udaipur and Chittorgarh.
Gjirokastra houses Albania, Greece and Istanbul: Includes photos from Athens, Meteora, Metsovo, Thessaloniki, Gjirokastra and Istanbul.
alt="Onion Domes, St Basil's Cathedral"> href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/andycarvin/sets/72157594217978009/">Russia & Estonia: My February 2002 trip to Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tallinn.

This brings my Flickr collection to 10,364 photos. Wonder how long it’ll take me to reach 20,000. -andy

January 11, 2004

A Belated Phlog Through the Balkans

Filed under: Albania,Personal News — Andy Carvin @ 3:22 pm
Megalou Monastery
View of the Megalou Monastery in Meteora, Greece

I recently started going through my collections of photo CD-ROMs from various trips I’ve taken over the last five years, and suddenly realized that I’d gotten really lazy about posting them on the Web. Fortunately, I’ve managed to have my act together for recent trips like Dubai and Oman and my honeymoon in Bali, but there were at least half a dozen trips that never managed to get a single photo posted online. Shameful. So over the Christmas holidays I suddenly got a burst of energy and began the process and cataloging, editing and publishing these rather belated phlogs (photo blogs).
Today, I’ve wrapped up work on my photo blog for the southern Balkans. In March 2001, Susanne and I went to Greece so I could speak at a youth technology conference in Thessaloniki. Somehow we’d managed to forget to take a real vacation in 2000, so we used the conference as an excuse to go to Greece a little early so we could explore the northern part of the country, as well as the medieval Albanian town of Gjirokastra. Once the conference started, Susanne returned to the US; I was supposed to travel onward to Kosovo, but a spate of fighting broke out in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, shutting down my route to Kosovo. So instead I went to Istanbul for a few days and visited a local high school that was one of the first to make the Internet available to its students.
Now that I’ve got this phlog wrapped up and ready to go, it’s time to start work on a bigger project: a photogallery and travelogue of our November 2001 trip to Rajasthan, India. This trip was a much bigger endeavour: we took over 1000 photos over the course of two weeks. I also kept a brief diary that I’d intended to use as the basis for a much larger online travelogue. Unfortunately I never got my act together and I’ve forgotten much of the details that would have been included in it. Instead, I’m going to do my best and convert my diary notes into something that hopefully will at least be of passing interest to a few of you out there in cyberland. So stay tuned and I’ll let you know when the Rajasthan is ready; in the mean time, please visit my Southern Balkans Photo Diary and imagine yourself eating olives and spanikopita…. -ac

June 1, 2001

Recent Travels: Greece, Albania, Turkey & the Benelux

Filed under: Albania — Andy Carvin @ 4:44 pm

Though Susanne and I haven’t had an official vacation in about 18 months, we managed to spend some time in Greece and Albania in the middle of March, just before I had to attend a conference in Thessaloniki, Greece. We only had about a week to travel, but we managed to visit Athens (which we really loved, despite its many critics) before flying north to the town of Ioaninna, which we used as a base to visit the Albanian town of Gjirokastra, the medieval monasteries of Meteora, and the lovely mountain town of Metsovo. Susanne returned to the US while I attended the conference, then I spent a few days in Istanbul, where I got to visit a local high school that was doing some creative work on the Internet. It was a good trip, but the fact that much of it was for work, it wasn’t as relaxing as others we’ve had. I’m sure we’ll make up for it some time this fall when we take a real vacation, probably somewhere back in the middle east….
Meanwhile, in early May I found myself flying to the Netherlands in order to attend a meeting in the Hague. The trip wasn’t planned far in advance – about a week, actually – so it was nice getting to go to Europe so spontaneously. The Hague was a surprisingly pleasant town, with great cafes and a beautiful old town. I had a free day after the meeting so I caught a train to Bruges, Belgium, which I hadn’t been back to since I visited it with my family over 15 years ago. It was even more beautiful than I remembered – definitely one of the most charming cities in the world, despite the Venice-like throngs of tourists around every corner. And best of all, I got to stock up on Belgian beers – my all-around favorite – and someone managed to stuff half a case of beer in my backpack without it splitting in half….

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