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To Florida
July 31st, 2010 under USA. [ Comments: none ]

After the short visit to New Orleans (2 days seems enough to see all the sights), we picked up our rental at the New Orleans International Airport. The employees were a bit startled when they realized that we want to drive to Orlando Florida in the smallest available car. Well for Swiss measures this car isn’t that small but compared to the standard US car it definitely is.

We began our 1000 mile trip south towards Key West. First we drove east along the gulf coast, which is absolutely lovely.

On the first day we drove from New Orleans to a town call Mobile (supposedly pronounced mo-bee-l). The reason why we ended up in Mobile was that while driving along to coast we came along a huge NAVY ship. As it turns out this was the USS Alabama which is now a museum.

The museum features the obviously the battleship USS Alabama where all decks as open to the public (unlike the USS Intrepid in New York). Furthermore, the submarine USS Drum and many aircrafts (F14, F15, F/A 18 and many more) can be inspected. Overall, the exhibition is amazing and is definitely worth spending 15.-

After the spontaneous visit to the museum we headed south towards St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg in Florida is the “twin” city of Tampa, which some might know from the NHL team Tampa Bay Lighting. In St. Petersburg we payed the Dali museum a visit. We joined a guided tour that covered the artistic development of Dali. Plenty of information about Dali and his work was given and made the exhibition a remarkable place to visit.

After the Dali museum we continued driving south to find a nice place to spend the night. We came along a town called Siesta Keys. Siesta Keys is a beautiful little island with an awesome beach where breathtaking sunsets can be experienced. We ended up enjoying one of these lovely sunsets and also delicious dinner the a local restaurant.

Next we were heading for the famous Everglades…

New Orleans
July 25th, 2010 under USA. [ Comments: none ]

First city on out list was New Orleans. Supposedly, the home of Jazz and Blues and the tragedy of the Katrina Hurricane. This is also what can be seen. Some parts of the city have plenty of charm due to the style of the buildings. Foremost the french quarter which is also the main tourist area (Most other places aren’t as nice because of the hurricane).

As can be seen in the pictures this quarter is amazingly beautiful. Unfortunately, this is almost it. Furthermore, the extremely historic Burbon Street only looks very charming. As soon as night dawns it turns into a mixture of Ballerman and Reeperbahn. Burbon Street was filled with mostly US tourists who “enjoy” the joy of drinking alcohol in public.

As for the music, this is rather amazing. Most bars feature live band from Country over R’n’B to Blues. Sadly for me as a Blues fan though, Blues is not as dominating genre. Still we found a bar which was great (music-wise at least).

Apart from the music there is of course the magnificent Mississippi with the famous steamboats. So we decided to see what it feels like to ride on the river. We joined a tour on one of these boats. Long story short… it was great. You have a beautiful view on the skyline of New Orleans and you don’t sweat as much (which is what you do about 90% of the time except you’re inside a store or restaurant) due to he breeze on the boat.

After one and a half day we had the feeling that we saw pretty much everything since we didn’t come here to get wasted at night. Therefore, we started traveling east the next day with a rental car. But more on that soon.

USA Diary – The Second
July 24th, 2010 under USA. [ Comments: none ]

After the last attempt of maintaining a holiday diary, which was not that successful, I give it another go.

Our trip started yesterday in Zurich Airport. We went into a bar for having a coffee for breakfast, and here I cannot resist quoting Jerry Seinfeld. We had two cappuccinos, which cost … wait for it … 12 bucks. “Do they know what the prices anywhere else in the world are…”. Even though this isn’t the first time I’m at Zurich Airport, I was still quite shocked.

Eventually, we boarded our plane as scheduled. We were planned to leave the gate at 11.55. The captain announced that we would arrive even 30 minutes early in Washington, Dullas. We figured: “Well that’s great this gives us more than enough time to catch our connecting flight to New Orleans.”

At around 11.50 AirBerlin Technicians walked through our plane. We didn’t think much about it. Then a minute or two later the captain announced that the AirBerlin guys found a tire on the plane that needs to be changed and this should take about 45 minutes.

Well, we already acquainted ourself with the idea of missing the connecting flight in D.C. since we only had 90 minutes planned to get through immigration. Now with all the delay we reckoned that we’re gonna miss our flight for sure.

But, after the 45 minutes we took off and shortly after got the first snack with the napkin below 😀 Quite ironic we figured.

However, we eventually were only about 10 minutes late and had enough (10 minutes to spare) time to catch the connecting flight. So, we ended up in New Orleans just as planned.


Final Raportage
July 11th, 2010 under Music. [ Comments: none ]

About Shared Libraries
July 9th, 2010 under Linux. [ Comments: none ]

I always keep forgetting these things. So here are some facts about the shared libraries.

  • use the command to see the dependencies of an executable.
  • LD_LIBRARY_PATH hold the paths to the directories of the shared libraries. For testing you might change this for an application execution like this: LD_LIBRARY_PATH=<path to shared library>:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH <executable>

Most information about library handling is covered here.

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