Warsaw

During PixelHeaven Veve, Raxter and I ducked out to explore Warsaw a bit. Aside from an amazing vegetarian lunch that we had, the most interesting thing about this brief side quest was a visit that Veve and I made to the Zachęta gallery. We got in for the soul crushing price of one Zloty and were treated to some good stuff. The gallery had a lot video exhibits, the best of which was a fun piece featuring various shots of a guy painting with an easel in weird spots all around the world, including Table Mountain! In the evening after…

I miss my job

Well, not necessarily my job. But definitely my work. I miss my work. A weird thing for someone to say whilst on an amazing trip overseas. Sure, I went inside the Colleseum today; which was great. But I didn’t have any time to make video games. And while I was inside the Colleseum, all could think of, all I wanted to think of, was making video games. Between Berlin mini-jam in April and Isolation Jam in June, I didn’t work on any video games. That makes it the longest period of not making something since I went camping for 7…

Poznan and Pixel Heaven

The other place that Sos lives is in Poznan. Seeing as we were heading through to Warsaw for Pixel Heaven, it made sense to stop and spend a night there along the way. We arrived in the evening and briefly explored the city center before dinner. The center of Poznan is beautiful at night. Poland seems to have a fondness for lighting all their buildings and statues from beneath when it gets dark. We had some fantastic fish, chips and lemonade before walking to the river while Sos told us how the river banks were transformed from popular covert drinking…

Polish camping adventures

After Prague I returned for what would now be my fourth visit to Berlin. Thanks again, Raxter, Bartek and Julia! And the reason I was back was because that I was supposed to be catching train with Veve to go visit our friend Sos in Poland. We somehow missed each other (Veve boarded from a different station), but never the less both managed to get onto the correct train to Poland, and indeed get off at the correct stop (Zbąszynek) where Sos was waiting for us. Sos is the self proclaimed “Mad scientist of video games” and you’d be utterly…

Prague

To follow up on the last post: Sweden accepted my visitors permit application. Thanks Sweden, you are so much better than Germany! I arrived in Prague somewhat bleary eyed, but excited nonetheless to get back into the swing of things. After finding and checking in to my hostel I realised I might have a chance of catching the last walking tour of the day if I was exceptionally successful in a quick mission to the city center. Sadly, a tram cancellation sandbagged me and I was not successful at all. Having missed the (official) version, I set out to do…

The Great Visa Debacle

I was so sure that we had no chance of getting into Stugan, that I didn’t bother incorporating it into my travel plans at all. I knew that the program would lie outside the validity period of my 90 day visa, but I adopted the “cross that bridge when we come to it” approach; fully expecting never to arrive at that particular bridge. Obviously I was wrong, and said bridge was now now becoming a very real problem. I did a bunch of research and found a section on the German website explaining that a Schengen visa can be extended…

Copenhagen

The day after Nordic Game some friends had plans to visit the Louisiana museum, which is a 40 minute train ride and a short walk north of Copenhagen. Amongst the museum goers were Joon and his girlfriend Marin, the latter of whom I was looking forward to meeting before I go and stay with them in Iceland. So I tagged along. Another was Sarah Brin, who I’d seen around but never actually met before. It was really interesting wandering around the museum with her and hearing her perspectives on things (she’s an actual art curator for several notable museums). The…

Nordic Game Conference

After the closing of Creative Coast we all got on a train headed for back to Malmö for the Nordic Game Conference starting the following day. I spent the trip sharing music tastes with new friends Alex and Vile. We had an audio splitter and took in turns to each play one song for the others to listen to. My taste was the best, obviously. I had originally planned to stay in Copenhagen during Nordic Game and needed get keys from a friend during the pre-conference dinner. I decided to follow Raxter and Riker to their accommodation and then we’d…

Creative Coast Festival

“Travelling by night bus is not a good way to get sleep.” – Captain obvious “Travelling by night bus is a great way to save accommodation money.” – Captain cheapskate Captain cheapskate has been my faithful companion throughout my travels, and so it was that I arrived tired by night bus in Copenhagen. I didn’t stay in Denmark long, just long enough to go to the airport, eat breakfast, and then wait for Henrike and Richard to find me. This lovable family of three would stay together for much of my time in the Nordics, but for now, we were…

Amsterdam

After my escapades in Utrecht I moved to Amsterdam for some more hearty tourism. I spent two days there and almost all of that time was spent walking around the very touristy city center. Arriving just before lunch time I went on the now customary free walking tour. Which once again, provided and excellent starting point and history crash course. In the evening I did a bit more exploring before heading back to Utrecht to hang out with game developers. The smarter (and cheaper) thing to do would have been to stay in Utrecht that night and do Amsterdam as…

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