Three CAA/CGAA students were accepted to the prestigious SIGGRAPH 2014 conference in Vancouver, Canada as Student Volunteers. This is the combined 'Siggraph Diaries' of Nat, Ernesta & Kym
These posts are going to be very snap-happy to show our adventures.
Figure 01. Greenland
To start this adventure we all met up at Gatwick Airport at around 6.30am. The flight duration was around 10 hours and the only scenery was over Greenland, apart from that it was a blanket of white.
Figure 02. Nat, Kym, Ernesta on the flight to Canada
Figure 03. Pizza
The flight had a meal which was a slight representation of food, then shortly before the decent we were given a slice of pizza, which actually kind of tasted like pizza (once you had scraped the cheese off of the plastic wrapping to place back onto the pizza).
This water feature was one of the first impressions of Vancouver Airport. It was a great indicator of the beauty of Vancouver to come.
Figure 05. Vancouver Airport
Figure 06. Even the baggage carousel was textured in stone slates.
Figure 07. Waiting for the Sky Train
After the long flight, we dragged our bags to the train station and figured out how to catch the Sky Train to the apartment.
Figure 08. On the Sky Train
Figure 09. We got off the train at our stop and the first thing we saw was a man playing bagpipes outside a store called 'London Drugs'. I had to ask where we were as I thought something had gone wrong with our travels hahaha.
Figure 10. After dropping our bags off at the apartment we decided to go for a walk around to get our bearings as it was only lunch time in Vancouver (to us it was bed time, England is 8 hours ahead).
Figure 11. We had arrived in one piece, and located the convention centre ready for Nat's and Kym's shift the next day.
Figure 12. We took a walk through the convention centre to locate where the Student Volunteer office was, and the textures were amazing. The walls were covered in small individual pieces of wood placed next to each other.
Figure 14. The Convention Centre entrance.
After we had gathered our bearings of how to get to the convention centre, we decided to walk around some more and find a supermarket to get the necessities like washing machine powder, milk and cereal for the morning.
Figure 15. A makeshift mud guard for this bicycle.
Figure 16. Ernesta likes sweets
Figure 17. Interesting looking tomatoes
Figure 18. Ernesta stopped a guy with a Boa to stroke the snake.
Figure 19. Returned to the apartment to chill out for a short while, and Ernesta tried on some new hair styles.
Figure 20. After a bit of relaxing at the apartment we went back out for some dinner (midnight snack for us) and by this time the tiredness was really starting to hit. The place had a lovely view though, an Italian place underneath the convention centre.
Figure 21. Ernesta was getting a little confused with how to eat her lasagne. Kym managed to eat her lasagne with a fork and ate it like normal people.
Figure 22. Nice pizza
That evening we heard word of a student volunteer pre-conference meet-up at a place called Steamworks. It was great to see so many familiar faces from last year. There was also a bit of mischief going on with the 'Penny in yer Pint' game where some people were constantly trying to get a coin in each other's drink resulting in the person having to down whatever they had left of their drink.
Figure 25. Ernesta's 'Enjoy your Beer' face….
After this gathering we called it a night to grab a little sleep for the next day.