The things people carry on their bikes in Amsterdam never cease to amaze me. In just 15 minutes at this cafe I've seen people carrying: a guitar, children, a rug, grocery bags, a suitcase, two large dogs, a bouquet, four cases of wine. I love how absolutely normal it is too.
I just discovered a disturbing real-world vulnerability by accident.
A couple hours after checking in to my hotel, I went back to the front desk and said "I need to add someone to my room because her flight gets in late this evening." The clerk asked my room number, and I told her and also said my name. A few seconds later, after asking me to spell the name to add, there's a new name on my room reservation. Nowhere in this process did she check my ID.
Did I accidentally socially engineer my way into adding an unrelated name onto a room reservation?
Minor moment of panic at the ticket counter trying to get a boarding pass when they said I need a visa before I can check in to the flight to Australia.
Turns out the visa "application" process was just filling out a web form on my phone, and it was "approved" immediately. I was worried I was gonna have to wait a full business day or something but guess not!
Also kind of weird is the ticket agent just had to check a box that said I have the visa, and that person would be fined $5000 if they were wrong. Seems like not the most ideal way to enforce that but okay.
Finished the picture frame that shows my upcoming travel! It shows my current location and local time, the dates of my next trip, and my departing or arriving flight information! Let's call this v1 tho, because I need to get a better matte for the frame, not just the cheap cardboard that came with it that i tore while cutting it. I might spring for a bigger display next time too! But overall I'm pretty happy with it!
I've reached the point that a day trip to the Bay Area from Portland is effectively the same as a "long commute to work". I'm also pretty sure this is still shorter than some peoples' commutes within the Bay Area.