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June 24, 2013

This weekend I did not do much as it was raining here and in 2 days Sydney got about 50ml of rain. It's getting quite cold and it's really cloudy to the point that at noon it felt like the sunset. This moring the whole town was fuggy and I was lucky enough to capture some nice pictures. I'll post the picture very soon.

 

Cheers! 

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June 17, 2013

This weekend I went around the city for sight seeing and had an amazing time. If you like Sea food Australia is one place to visit. They have great dishes made with different kind of see food. Opera House is the recommanded place for everyone to visit. You can also take a 5 minutes walk to the Harbour Bridge and enjoy the veiw from the top of the bridge. Although it's a bit chili here during winter time, people still stay out after midnight on saturdays.

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June 12, 2013

So apparently I have been posting a blog for myself and no one could see it. It is winter here in Australia. Today I am going to set up a test server with linux oprating system which is a little bit of challange since I always used Windows for my servers. I will have a report of how it goes very soon. 

 Cheers!

Farhad 

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August 20, 2012

This is almost my last day of being in Brazil but it is really hard for me to leave here and come back to Miami. I learned a lot of things, made a lot of friends, and started interesting researches here. In last three weeks, I’ve edited one paper and finished the other one and also we start to work on the other topic on software engineering.  I’ve visited many places in Rio de Janeiro and enjoyed the food and coffee of Brazil. Brazilian people are so kind and friendly and you can start conversation with all Brazilians (if they know English). There are many places you can visit but you need to have friends here to learn how you can reach. I can say they have really good public transportation, and you can use boats, buses and subway to reach to everyplace, but the problem is the language and in most places it is only Portuguese which is a little bit annoying.

Beside the people and country, I really enjoyed working at the university, everything and everyone is friendly and also, you have free coffee. My advisor, Professor Clua and his students are really friendly and they invited me to many places. Last day, I and Professor Clua went to sailing and it was first time of me to be in the ocean, I really enjoyed the trip over the ocean and I am very thankful to him to help me to enjoy my time and doing strong research in Brazil.

I am pretty sure that I will return to Brazil to visit other places, I really enjoyed the trip and find many friends, but three weeks isn’t enough to visit everywhere and know the whole country.

 

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August 14, 2012

Week 2 – Brazil

This week was amazing; I’ve just visited Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf.  Christ status is on the top of the tallest mountain of Rio and it is possible to see the whole city from there. But Sugar Loaf is beautiful for another reason. It has a great view over a lake, ocean and the city and also it is a wonderful place for rock climbers. In this week I need to finish a paper before 15th of this month, so I just attach some pictures from my trip to Rio. I will add more information by next week.

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August 06, 2012

I am pretty sure this trip will be one of the most important experiences of my life.  Brazil is really beautiful country with kind and friendly people and of course delicious foods.

After arriving to Niteroi, Professor Clua picked me up from Rio airport and he brought me to my current place in Niteroi. My place is quite close to the university (5 – 10 minutes’ walk). After that we went to the place near university for lunch and it was my first delicious meal in Brazil. They do have an amazing system for their restaurants, you must go there and pick a plate and put whatever you want in the plate (rice, meat, salad and …) then you should pay according to the weight of your food.

From the day after it, I just started my work in the university but in the weekend I go to Rio by using a boat which takes 20 – 30 minutes to reach Rio. And I don’t need to say Rio is one of the most beautiful places of the world with a lot of places for visiting including lot of catholic churches and beautiful beaches. For first week I’ve just visited some art museums and beaches which you can see some pictures from it.

The other important thing about Brazil is their people; they are really kind and friendly. I’ve got many friends in last week and they helped me a lot and have shown a lot of places to me.  

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July 16, 2012

Last week was like other weeks, I need to wrap up everything and finish my project here. So I spent a lot of time on lab and tried to install open virtual switch on ESX hypervisors. For this reason, I needed to install 2 hypervisors and make a physical connection among them, after that I used a windows machine to manage these hypervisors. After installing OS on VMs, I had difficulties to give internet access to these VMs but after several hours of working, I just used my laptop as a bridge and passed firewalls.

I was working really hard and I got tired. On Saturday, I just slept for 12 hours for recovery. 

What I really miss about Raleigh is the great nature of North Carolina. This place is best for camping and enjoys jungles.

 

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July 09, 2012

In last week, I was working hard to make a final note on possible changes in VCL code to get a confirmation from people who are working on VCL at NCSU before leaving. So I spent like 10-12 hours per day on working, but the problem was the lack of coffee. I work at NCSU engineering building and unfortunately there is just one coffee store around this building which closes at 3 pm. So it was hard for me to work after 6 pm and I was so sleepy.

On Friday, I had a meeting with Doctor Vouk and Doctor Wright about my project and he told me to do some experiment on tunneling side and configure a network topology manually. So, last two days I was working on this side and tried to make a connection among these virtual machines. I hope to finish experiments by end of this week and start coding at first days of the next week.

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July 29, 2011

I spent all week working on a conference paper and making arrangements for my travels back to the US. This week concludes a very challenging yet valuable journey for me both academically and culturally.  I appreciate the support received from the graduate students, staff and professors at UNIMI, they made my stay productive, culturally rich and enjoyable. I will absolutely miss the people, coffee and Gelato, if only I could take back Gelato to last a year!

Although it’s time to sojourn home, I leave with a strong foundation set for research to continue and enough happy memories to last a life time. Saluti!

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July 01, 2011

I took a short trip to Lake Como. Lake Como is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy. It is the third largest lake in Italy, after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. At over 400 m (1320 ft) deep it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe and the bottom of the lake is more than 200 metres (656 ft) below sea-level.

Lake Como is surrounded by gigantic mountains. The mountain sides are adorned with beautiful villas that extend towards the lake shores, it was amazingly beautiful! Breathtaking!  I took a boat ride from Lecco to Bellagio, then from there to Varenna. Despite the forecast of perfect weather, sure enough, rain fell for most of my trip. Either way, Lake Como is a definite must see in any weather.

See pictures below:

  

 

 

That’s it for this week, Ciao!


 

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