The bank holiday weekend started at lunchtime on Friday for me. It ended up being my last day in BrowseIreland, since it seems there is a limit to how much web development I can withstand.
After finishing work, I collected the beginnings of my own Cisco test lab, without resorting to eBay. I got a redundant Cisco 1603 and Cisco 2501, which I happened to be offered after starting up a conversation about Cisco test labs on the IE-NOG list. They should be intersting to play with. 🙂
The reason I had arranged to take a half day, was to go to Amsterdam for the weekend. Amsterdam was wonderful. I wasn’t visiting for the “coffee shops” or the Red Light District which attract so many others. I went for the more traditional tourism interests such as the architecture and museums, and I wasn’t disappointed.
The hotel Ciara and I stayed in was very querky and unique. The building’s history is very interesting, since it was originally a prison, before being used as an orphanage amongst other things before they renovated it in 2004. It was very confortable, extremely nice and has a good location a few tram stops from the Central Station, but not near the city centre.
Apart from shopping in the city centre, and the obligitory trip to Ikea (it’s not a holiday unless I go to Ikea… :), we went to the RijksMuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, both of which were interesting. Although I didn’t really get a chance to eat any Dutch cuisine, the food I had was eclectic and lovely.
The trip was the perfect time to start using my digital camera, so combined with Flickr, my photos are available online. I really liked Amsterdam and intend to go back again.
This week has also seen me take on a new role. I’m now also the Unix administrator for a research project within the TCD Zoology Dept which uses high end graphics work stations running Mandrake to process and visualise data. Since the system is already setup, I’m mainly just babysitting the system and answering queries that might come up.