Oh no :(

Well I’m back from Greenwich after a long day of traveling with Sam and Antonio.

Sadly, I’m not back posting the content that I was hoping to. I was hoping to reflect on what I had learnt from attending the event and how it could change NoteDump. Instead, I’m posting why and how we missed the event 😦

Antonio, Sam, and I arrived at London at 2pm ish on the first day of the event via a bus from Cardiff. However, we somehow got lost in the capitol and spent just over 5 hours traveling around tube stations. We asked for help at one of the underground stations, but the guy working there seemed to have no idea what he was doing and directed us to the completely wrong place. After spending a while panicking, we eventually got given a London underground map by one of the kind staff, and we’d finally cracked the London Underground after he gave us a brief tutorial on how it all worked. 

We got to the event at 7pm, only to find out that everything had finished for the day 😦 We did mange to attend the BBQ and catchup with some of the other contestants, but sadly we didn’t manage to do much apart from speak about the overall project progress to people.

We decided to head back to our student accommodation at around 9pm and settled down for the night as we were extremely tired from spending the entire day traveling. I was going to work on NoteDump for a few hours, but I was faced with the news that there was no on campus wifi available, so I just decided to go to sleep.

The next morning we all woke up feeling unwell. We went for breakfast and decided to just head home so we didn’t miss our bus back or make anyone else ill.

I’d like to apologize to JISC about us having to leave so early. I was hoping to make the most out of the two days, but sadly things didn’t go to plan.

I’d also like to personally thank Clau, one of the other contestants in the scheme. He  came to find us when we got lost in Greenwich. Without him we would probably still be searching for the event right now. 

Lessons learnt:

– Never buy a bus on such short notice again. 

– The London Underground is very confusing (although I think I understand how it all works now!)

Hopefully the next event will be a little more productive than this… Also, I’ve been asked by a JISC staff member to start posting project progress more frequently. I will start doing this from now on. Time to get back to working on the project. Things are starting to look sexy now, and I will soon start posting some screenshots of our progress.

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One thought on “Oh no :(

  1. David Kernohan (@dkernohan)

    Sounds like quite an adventure – I guess you’ve learned to plan your journey before starting it. (I *still* write down details of changes etc on the back of my rail ticket and I’ve been to London loads of times). Looking forward to the posts and screenshots – hoping you’ll have a lot to show on the 30th.

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