Only a few more weeks (what, three?) until, and it's great to see a gentle stream of microblog posts come by with new features at the conference. I see there's certificates for attendees. I find this slightly worrying, as I've had to sign a few in my time. Both for university courses and workshops, so I know how long it takes for 200 of them.

I'm looking forward to being on the road again, and to seeing Pradeepto, Prashanth, Akarsh and the rest of the people down south. I'm bad with names, so to all I've forgotten to mention explicitly here: see you soon, nonetheless. To all whom I've not yet had the pleasure of meeting, too: see you soon. It'll be fun and educational.

One of the things that attendees might be warned against is my motivational tool. Aye, it is my quivering pink rod which will accompany me to India. Every Akademy since Mechelen has seen it in action.

Last -- and so far only -- time I was in Bangalore was for, I think in 2008. The printing on the mug has faded, but some memories stand out. Falling asleep in the hallway, for one. Millipedes. Wandering around looking for the best food (with success) for everyone's needs. Watching in horror as Mumbai was attacked. Well, that's rather a mixed bag of memories, isn't it.

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