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This is the first and last time I take 3 flights in less than 12 hours, it was terrible, the “winter” of Tallinn had me with the flu and I felt horrible with so many takeoffs and landings. Experience at the airports was interesting: in Tallinn, all normal and no problems, in Copenhagen a nice weather and some warm, great attention on the Duty Free Shop, they serve free samples of alcoholic beverages, I tasted three different whiskeys and a Danish vodka, I almost lost the flight for this… Now, upon arriving in Madrid I had an encounter with the history of my country, right in the security part I felt I was in any Venezuelan public organization, the security people were like joking and they were never ending passing my luggage and lost my boarding pass , would have been on purpose? I hope that this incident is not the rule. Another funny thing is that this airport was announced by the speaker system something like: “At this airport we don’t make any significant announcements,” and for a bonus, there was a 5€ charge to connect to the Internet for half an hour, when in Tallinn and Copenhagen its free. Well, I waited a couple of hours to the next flight to the airport of Valencia, with my laptop, watching the extras of the 25th anniversary of Rocky Horror Picture Show, and taking a Fanta lemon, something that saved the day …
Arrived in Valencia at 11 pm and I knew there is a Metro of Valencia, but its store was closed, the information booth closed also and nobody form security in sight to ask me for my passport or to could help me and the signs are a disaster in Spain: all and none roads lead to Rome. So I took a taxi to the hotel where I had a reservation, another funny note, after a day of searching online for hotels in Valencia, it seems that the Spanish city has no hotels, or Valencia’s hotels are outside of Valencia, anyway I found one hotel a kilometer from the Polytechnic University, the place I were to head the next day.The goal of all this? Getting to Valencia, Spain to participate as a speaker at the IX Congress ISKO, Spanish Chapter entitled: New perspectives for the organization and dissemination of knowledge. At this conference I took my paper: “Program for Information Competencies Development of the Pedro Grases Library: Present and Future.”
To be continued…
On January 14 I arrived in Tallinn, Estonia. The flight was quick and easy, I even could sleep, I’m getting used to flying. Upon leaving the terminal, I took a taxi and asked the driver to take me to a cheap hotel near the apartment where I am now. It was pretty close, it is curious that just behind the university dorm and near a bar where we have gone several times. I was hungry and got a pizza at the bar and a one class course in Estonian beer, I bought several, very good indeed. I returned to the room and had fun with the television in Estonian and Russian. What I liked was the hotel window and the carpet, impressive, and I want one for my home. I woke up the next day and I asked to do the checkout one hours later -while I was watching a rerun of Die Hard, felt like home- because I was to meet the landlord a little later than the original checkout time, my request was graciously pleased, then I went to find an ATM to complete the money I needed to pay for the apartment, and oh, tragedy! I lost my debit card, I realized it several hours later. Luckily I was able to solve this problem without too much difficulty.
Tallinn seems interesting, the prices are like 1/3 of Oslo’s, the girls are beautiful and the beer is fantastic, but the weather … man it’s cold. Musically, if Oslo is A-ha or ABBA, Tallinn is Depeche Mode, not in vain, there are two DM bars. The apartment is big and cold, and I had to stay two weeks alone until my friends and of course colleagues arrived: Andrea, Italian, Sara, American and Mehrnoosh, Iranian.
I like the classes at Tallinn University, I’m taking the courses of Information and Knowledge Management and Human Resources Management, also Italian classes, now I have a lot of material to read and things to do … I especially like the Information and Knowledge Management because it’s a familiar topic and one I like, and the teachers, Sirje Virkus and Aira Lepik are very kind and friendly, they even organized a reception for the students from the Digital Library Learning, where they had the tables with the flags from all countries where we came, it was too much, really.
I haven’t published anything in quite some time, specially on what I’m doing now, I hope I can change that and spend some more time to blog. I take this opportunity to write the first major change for which I am going. Currently I am in the city of Oslo (Norway), in the first semester of the International Master in Digital Library Learning. The following are in Tallinn (Estonia) and Parma (Italy).
The change from Caracas to Oslo has been dramatic, almost insulting, especially with regard to security in the streets, Oslo is a very safe city, but that is another story, or rather, material for another post.