Donostia – Day and Night

Donostia - DayWe went to Spain, for the second time driving (yes, all the way) to San Sebastián (or Donostia depending on your affiliation). With an apartment on the ninth floor of the building, overlooking the river, there was the chance to get a couple of nice photographs of the view.

Donostia - Night

A Room With A View, or In Fact Seven Of Them

I find going on holiday very exciting and my most recent trip was no exception. We went to the airport and had all the fun of catching a flight. On our arrival in the evening there was a coach to take us to our destination. Then we settled into our room, unpacked everything and went to enjoy our first night’s dinner.  Since it was dark there wasn’t much to see out of the window in our room but the next morning there was a view…and the next…and the next; for this was a river boat cruising up (and then back down) the Danube. Taking us through locks (who knew the Danube had locks) and past beautiful scenery and to a variety of exciting places.

So here, as a tiny taster, are the views I woke up to each morning:


Travelling Hopefully (And Testing An Airport)

“To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

In recent weeks and months I have indeed been travelling hopefully and also arriving; all without actually leaving the building I was in.

I have been part of a huge number of volunteers testing the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow airport.

T2 may be called the Queens Terminal but it belongs, just a little, to everybody who has helped make it what it is, from the architect, to the construction team, to the staff and to all of us volunteers.

These photographs are just a little part of the terminal but hopefully give you a flavour of what we’ve seen as we’ve been involved in the trials.

I have (pretend to be) flown to exotic (and not so exotic) places, I have arrived from others. I have been British, and American, male and female. I have journeyed through T2 in many different ways.

The rewards are various. For one, we have been very well fed and well looked after, for another I have seen parts of terminal and walked through corridors that I will never have the opportunity to again.

Most off all though, I have made a difference. We have given feedback on how the journey process worked and we have been listened to. I know that T2 will work a little better, be a little easier to use because I was there.

In the end, that’s a wonderful thing to be able to say. That is after all what testing is all about. So both as a software developer and as an all round travel geek, I’ve had an immensely satisfying and incredibly entertaining time.