23 August 2009

img_1645.jpgIn Italy, the 15th of August is a very important holiday. Elsewhere called “Assumption of Mary“, it’s known here as “Ferragosto“. The similarity to “Feast in August” can’t be denied and indeed, the week before and after August 15 is Italy’s main holiday time where life comes to a halt: Stores remind you of their reduced hours, and many restaurants and bars are closed altogether… Continue | Weiter »

9 August 2009

img_0941_1.jpgAs indicated in my previous blog entry, I’m part of a team of twelve that deploys the computer & network infrastructure of the new Carnival ship, the DREAM, something which takes about two months to complete. The DREAM is being built in the quaint small town of Monfalcone in North-East Italy, and this place isn’t entirely new to me as I have already been here for the startups of the Carnival VALOR and LIBERTY in 2004 and 2005 (the Carnival SPLENDOR was built in Genova in 2008)… Continue | Weiter »

31 July 2009

hike_03.jpgOnce again I’ve maneuvered myself into a laboursome situation: Another ship new-build in Italy! I’ve been here since July 12 and am part of a team that deploys the network and computer infrastructure of the ‘Carnival Dream‘. Luckily, besides work there is also play… Continue | Weiter »