Madeira / ICEC'09
I went to Madeira to attend the ICEC'09 conference (International Conference on Evolutionary Computation) where I presented my and Suzanne's work on Dual Phase Evolution. The presentation went extremely well and there were some interesting questions during the following discussion.
I planned to go diving while on Madera, but the weather was a little stormy and the dive trip providers cancelled all dives due to near zero visibility, so we opted to explore the island by car. The inside of Madeira island has some beautiful mountains offering some really stunning views (see pictures). The three days on Madeira where the only days of the whole trip where I was not in a hurry to explore or to meet people, so I could finally get some physical rest, which was very nice. Overall, except for the disappointing hotel, it I had a very good time there, although living in Australia the sub-tropical island did not appear as special to me as it probably does to some European holiday makers. So, after three days, it was ok to get going again. With a brief stopover in Amsterdam I was on my way back to Melbourne.
Just as an endnote - I got quite sick of flying by the end of the trip. In 30 days I have been on 15 airplanes. I probably clocked somewhere close to 72 hours in the air. Too much!