Posts Tagged - Twitter

Back to reality

01 Sep 09

norway-scenery

Well, where do I start haven’t blogged for quite some time, but I have been tweeting away on my travels. Over 5 months of traveling I meet some great people, cities and experiences that I will never forget, I have many stories & odd facts to tell.

Majority of my traveling was with Conitki (An organised tour for 18 – 35 years old) which took me through Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia & Scandinavia. I often get asked ‘Which is the best placed you visited?’, its quite hard to narrow it down as each city/country I visited has it own unique qualities. If I had to pick one city it would have to be the day we spent on the small island of Capri in Italy, the sun was shining on this sleepy, but beautiful pebble beach town. Overall my favourite country was Norway, the scenery was breathtaking.

Im back in London and have moved into a new shared house just south of Central London & have secured a short term contract in working for a large advertisement & communications agency, so things are looking good at the moment.

Over the next few months I will be posting up a selection of the 1000’s of photos I took.

Living the Dream

27 Apr 09

Today marks the start of my 4 month long trip across Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia & Scandinavian countries. I will be making my own way to places as well as organised tours with Conitki.

I am pumped & raring to go visiting 20+ countries in the months ahead. The first few weeks of my trip is visiting European countries mainly via day & overnight trains. Next lined up with a 7 week camping trip organised by Contiki, followed by 3 weeks in Russia & Scandinavia, also with Contiki.

I am going to be quite Internetless over the next 4 months, but I will be twittering as I venture from country to country, the map below will plot my tracks. Stay up-to-date by following me on Twitter

April

  • United Kingdom
  • The Netherlands

May

  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • Hungary
  • France

June

  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Bulgaria
  • Macedonia
  • Albania
  • Croatia
  • Hungary
  • Austria
July

  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • Latvia
  • Russian Federation

August

  • Russian Federation
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • United Kingdom

A State of Trance 400

09 Apr 09

armin-van-buuren-armin-only-2008

For those who don’t know I am a tad crazy about Armin Van Buuren. Armin Only was the first event I saw Armin Van Buuren play a set live when he came to Sydney last year (2008). A State of Trance (ASOT) his weekly radio show is coming up to his 400th transmission. To celebrate the 8 year long radio show, ASOT 400 is being broadcast for 72 hours over three countries; Germany, United Kingdom & The Netherlands. I am quite lucky that I am able to make it to Birmingham next week. Only 7 days remaining!

In my spare time I knocked upĀ  a site for the special ASOT 400 episode, I also took this opportunity to expand my skill set, this was my first PHP website. Here’s what I used…

  • WordPress – The site is part of my blog working in conjunction with WordPress, this saved time from having to build the site from scratch and learnt some of the more advanced features of WordPress.
  • Twitter API – Documentation of the Twitter API is extensive and well written. Using SimplePie made the process of displaying tweets on the site a breeze as it took care of the caching.
  • Amazon API – I had quite alot of trouble with this API, very poorly written documentation with not many examples. One of the biggest downsides I found is the I couldn’t distingish between the MP3 downloads weather it was a single or album. I found an alternative way display just albums but its not ideal.
  • Google Maps API – I have worked with the Google Maps API before, if I had more time I would have liked to of used the Street View feature.
  • Flickr API – Using phpFlickr made the job easy and the well written documentation was great too.
  • RSS feeds – Parsing XML feeds in php wasn’t an easy task since I was so new to the langauge, but I seem to pick up quickly

My side project is complete – http://www.armin-van-buuren.com