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Am I only going to be able to blog when I’m up in the air?

This time around I’m coming from New York, where I covered the launch of the new HTC One. It’s a hell of a phone from a design persepective, but you can always see my thoughts on my work at Android Authority anyway. I’m trying to keep things fairly separate with my personal blog, anyway.

And I know, there are still a couple of vlogs to catch up on, as well as stories from my trip to Beijing that just happened a couple days before this trip. Those are coming, but expect non-sequential posts as the next four weeks are going to be hell – I have basically four new big releases to cover so that will be taking up all of my time.

But first, stories from today. I battle the Soup Nazi and TSA be damned again. Click to read on.

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To remember what was, again at 35000 ft.

This time around there isn’t a free WiFi connection on the flight back home, but with the movies available for viewing, I have been well distracted. At the point of writing this, with three hours left in the flight time, I have my Evernote app open to get some of the writing done.

As a quick aside, the live action Rurouni Kenshin adaptation is actually quite good. It remained pretty faithful to the anime and did well to evoke the same emotions I originally had when I first watched the show. Right down to the sappy love the characters might express to one another to the emergence of my favorite characters. While I can’t help but wonder what this movie would have been like with a high age rating, I can understand the desire to make a movie that wasn’t ultra violent for kids but still pushed the boundaries a little bit for the original fans.

It’s been days since the last post but it wasn’t for want of information or recaps. The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona went off with a bang, with a lot of mobile announcements made even just a day before the actual conference started. This much is expected during tech trade shows these days, so for people like me who work in the online press, we know about products before the general public. It’s a nice part of the job, really, but what I like most about the way it goes is being able to get the work done as early as possible. Sometimes that isn’t the case, but when it is there, it’s like a blessing.

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Welcome to Barcelona (again)

Coming off of the plane, having slept the whole way through with that exhausted-via-travel sleep, I was greeted by the familiar sights, sounds, and smells of Barcelona. It’s my second of hopefully a continual many times here, and the familiarity of it was a bit of a relief. I’m not always one to cling to comfort zones, but with the flux that has defined my life lately, I will be the first one to admit that comfort is a luxury sorely missed when it isn’t there. So, I was in a bit of a middle ground when it came to this trip – on the one hand I am worried about my well-being and state of mind coming into a very important part of my work; and on the other hand, I want to dive far into it and get lost, if only to get myself out of my own head.

That’s probably why I’m actually quite relieved to feel somewhat at ease, stepping into the slight cold of the Barcelona air. I hear the familiar lisp-riddled version of Spanish that is quite different from the one I’m used to from Southern California. I see the tall buildings riddled with small apartment-like residences that I know thousands of people call home. And I enjoy the ride provided me by the taxis even if the drivers seem a little awkward the whole way, likely because it is hard to converse with me. Don’t worry, driver, I feel the same way.

The hotel that I was supposed to be staying at with my boss greets me in English – I wonder if the bags are my dead giveaway… or if it’s my style… or if it’s because I’m Asian, they just default to English as a language bridge. Either way, I’m in the room after a little bit of time.

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The sun is barely coming up back home.

Arriving at Munich airport, I got a little bit of bad news – my boss is stuck in Frankfurt unable to get to his flight because the security in that airport has gone on strike. He might not be able to make it to Barcelona tonight, meaning I will have to find my own way to the hotel for the night. Not that big a deal, really – I just prefer not to tackle non-English situations alone. Thankfully there are things like Google Translate and smartphones to help with all that.

Speaking of smartphones, getting onto a full T-Mobile plan just days before this trip turned out to be a great plan. Upon my arrival here I turned on my trusty Nexus 5 and was immediately connected to the global T-Mobile network. Yup, that means I have unlimited data (which they said would be very slow but it really isn’t that bad at all, thus far) and unlimited texting back to the US. Too bad everyone is still asleep right now.
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A new beginning at 35,000 ft.

First of all, the fact that this plane taking me to Barcelona, Spain for my second run at the Mobile World Congress tech show has reliable and completely FREE Wi-Fi continues to blow my mind. I really commend Lufthansa for being pretty remarkable and I hope that this is pretty much always the airline I use for most overseas travel.

They also keep offering alcohol to all of us, free of charge. That’s a treat, in and of itself, but unfortunately I can’t drink – more on that in a future post.

There’s not too much that you can do in a plane when you’re just sitting in an often uncomfortable seat, forced to figure out what to do with your time. Wi-Fi on this flight was a blessing, in that regard, since it allowed me to finally get down to business with my new personal blog. Given my growing image on the internet, due in vast part to my work with Android Authority, it was time for me to create the rather obligatory but also very useful hub for all that I do on the interwebs. Hence, joshuavergara.com. I know, original, right?

For those of you who have known me for at least the past few years, I might sound a bit like a broken record. I’ve had quite a few different ‘new beginnings’ both in my personal life and through my online identities. But while I might not be able to figure out what this beginning will lead to, I am incredibly hopeful for what is to come. Continue reading A new beginning at 35,000 ft.