I arrived in Iceland a few hours ago. When I think about it, attending Fanfest is a little strange. I'm a rather casual player yet this is the second time I've traveled to this volcanic island floating in the north Atlantic. The existing theory is that going to Fanfest is an indication that a player is hard core because Iceland if views as so remote. Following the antics of the players and the devs, I guess I'm hard core. Actually playing the game, I'm casual.
I'll get more into Fanfest later in the week. Right now I'm luxuriating in my room at the Hilton. Booking my trip three months in advance didn't get me into a hotel that is close to Harpa, so I am two miles away. In exchange, the shower is much better, with water that isn't scalding and actually comes out fast. Also, I actually have more than one outlet that I can use, which is coming in handy for both using my laptop and recharging my iPhone and iPad and other electrical equipment at the same time.
One thing that shocked me a bit was that I'm charged for using an internet connection in my room. 1,500 ISK is not a lot in Eve, but is a bit for real life. This isn't the first time I've been charged for internet in a hotel, though, so once I got over the surprise I looked at the bright side. The internet connection better be good if I'm getting charged for it. So far, so good. I'm currently listening to Eve Radio and I couldn't listen at all at the hotel I stayed at last year.
Enough about the hotel, what about the weather? People following the Tweetfleet on Twitter will know about the constantly changing weather. This morning was cold and snowing. Now it is 43F/6C and sunny. My plan of wearing layers is looking like the right choice. Once I finish this post I'll be roaming around the city since I never explored this section of town. I hear the mall and even the zoo is in this area. I hope people don't mind pictures because I think I'll wind up posting some.
Of course I'll have a few thoughts on Fanfest 2013 as the week goes on but for now I'm just acclimatizing to Iceland. The weather is really not an issue since we've been going through some cold weather in Chicago before I left, so all I have to do is get my internal clock adjusted. That shouldn't be too much of a problem, especially if I go drinking tonight. I have a tendency to wake up early when I've been drinking. So until then, farewell from sunny/rainy/snowy Reykjavik.