I take a short flight from London Heathrow to Amsterdam, sharing the cab to the airport with clkao. Arriving into luggage chaos at Amsterdam and then a fairly expensive cab ride to the NH City Center where my key is waiting.
I don't actually know where anyone else, and I don't have a cellphone to contact people, so I sync up quickly with my friends who live outside of Amsterdam, and then head over to the conference hotel, another NH hotel.
At the registration desk I meet Gina again, we chat a bit about Amsterdam and Europe vs the US. Then I head up to the speaker lounge and get registered and say hi to Vee.
In the lobby I find a certain Larry Wall circling around and decide together with Gina to go out for dinner, we end up in Oriental City where I've had dim sum earlier. Just coming from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, the food wasn't as exciting but nevertheless it was good, and the company was excellent.
And oddity I did mention is that they use portable two way radios, which I find hilarious. We gave those up 15 years ago and actually use cellphones. Even the military mostly uses cellphones and text messaging these days!
Went to bed early.