PL/SQL Masterclass Croatia – Day 2


I wrote this post in Munich airport, but forgot to post it, hence the big gap…

After finishing teaching on the first day I got a taxi into town to have a look round for a couple of hours.

Since arriving in Zagreb I had been getting some serious déjà vu. First, I had some currency in my wallet that I didn’t get and I’ve never been to Croatia before. Second, the hotel seemed too familiar. I mean spookily familiar. Walking round Zagreb continued the theme because I kept feeling like I recognized places. It is similar to Tallinn, Estonia in parts, so I guess that may have been part of it. What with the days teaching and the events of the evening I was completely knackered by bedtime.

Day two went well. I think one demo screwed up, but that was my fault because I dropped some objects in the schema, forgetting that editioning was switched on for that schema and the objects were still present in another edition. Once I realized this I quickly cleaned up and the demo worked fine. Everything else seemed cool.

When it was all over I spent some time chatting and was given a summary of the feedback forms, which looked really good. I was confident I had plenty of time before my flight, but when I checked the times I noticed I’d been looking at the arrival times in Munich, not my departure time from Zagreb. Panic!!!!!

I arrived at the airport as boarding was closing. Fortunately, Zagreb airport is quite small, so they phoned through and I was allowed to get on the plane. In the panic I forgot to get a receipt from the taxi driver, but faced with a choice of losing a few pounds or missing a flight I know which one I would pick. :)

The flight back home was pretty low key. I had a 3 hour stop at Munich whre I wrote this post, then promptly forgot to publish it. :)

So another Oracle University gig under the belt. Thanks to everyone who came to the sessions and helped in the organization.



Touchdown in Zagreb, Croatia…


When I left Birmingham and it was a warm and sunny. I arrived in Zagreb, Croatia and it is wet. The taxi driver apologized for the weather, but I told him this feels more like home than home does. :)

The flight went OK. I had a 4 hour stop in Frankfurt, but I used this new fangled interweb thing to keep me occupied. It’s fun, but I can’t see it catching on.

The second leg of the trip had a bit of turbulence on take-off and landing, but apart from a few quick flashbacks to trans-atlantic nightmares, I was fine. I had a little phone drama once I landed, centered around the fact I couldn’t find it. Once I got to the hotel I emptied my rucksack and found it hiding in a side pocket. Pesky bags with their handy side pockets…

The taxi driver gave the the heads-up on a few bits of the local lingo. I’ve added enough words to my vocabulary to make myself look completely stupid tomorrow.

Tomorrow morning I start a 2-day PL/SQL class for Oracle University. It should be easy to get to as it’s in the same hotel I’m staying in. The only thing I’ve got do before the class is sleep and iron 2 shirts. The ironing is praying heavily on my mind. I should have stipulated “crumpled appearance” in the contract.