Summing up 2014

2014 has come to an end, and what a year it was! A number of things happened in my life, and among them were leaving Mozilla and joining Google, and a bunch of great trips.

I put together what I, humbly, belive was a great summary of 2013 about a year ago – you should read it! – so I thought I’d take a stab at it again.

Traveling, speaking

Although I had a lot of great trips, I traveled less in 2014 than I’ve done in a number of years: 66 travel days, 79,690 km covered, visiting 11 countries. All photos are available on Flickr – there you’ll find both all travel pics as well as those from other things I did throughout the year.

With speaking, I’ve now presented in 32 countries all in all, and all the slides and videos from my talks are available on Lanyrd.

Santa Cruz, USA [January]

Third year in a row that started with being in California, where I flew out to attend a Mozilla work week in Santa Cruz and also spend some time in San Francisco before going home.

-10 Celsius in Sweden. Just about to travel to California and Santa Cruz for a work week.

Realized that this is the third year in a row that starts with a trip in early January to California. A custom I can get used too. 🙂

Santa Cruz, January 2014

After a long work day here in California, a number of us ended up jamming by the bonfire, under the Santa Cruz skyline. Wonderful time! Thanks to John Slater for bringing guitars and making it happen!
It was a long time since I played, though, so I managed to play till my fingers were bloody… Before that we had a big dinner, and I got to have dinner with the entire Technical Evangelism team at Mozilla (something that rarely, if ever, happens) + Chris Mills.

Santa Cruz, January 2014

Santa Cruz, January 2014

[All pictures from Santa Cruz in January]

San Francisco, USA [January]

Great day yesterday in San Francisco! Ended up walking from the city center to the Golden Gate bridge with Chris Mills, talking about life. A nice 4-hour walk-around in total. 🙂

I also got to say hi to the seals on Pier 39 as well, haven’t been there for a few years. Good to see them! Although what one of them did should probably not be seen in public…

We also walked by the beautiful and tranquil Palace of Fine Arts, where we saw a man propose to his girlfriend! 🙂

Now time to go home! Feeling a strong need to just hug my children and take it easy.

San Francisco, January 2014

San Francisco, January 2014

[All pictures from San Francisco in January]

Paris, France [March]

In March, I went to work in the Mozilla office in Paris – which is like a palace! – and then my wonderful Karin and I stayed around and spent the weekend there.

Paris, France, Mozilla work week, March 2014

Paris, France, Mozilla work week, March 2014

Paris, France, Mozilla work week, March 2014

[All pictures from the Mozilla work week in Paris in March]

Spent a lovely time with Karin in Paris, eating at great restaurants, kissing under the Eiffel Tower and more!

Paris, France with Karin, March 2014

Paris, France with Karin, March 2014

[All pictures from Paris with Karin in March]

Copenhagen, Denmark [April]

In April, Karin and I went to Copenhagen for a nice weekend!

Copenhagen, April 2014

Copenhagen, April 2014

[All pictures from Copenhagen in April]

Sanary-sur-Mer, France [May]

Went with the family to Sanary-sur-Mer in France, where I spent many summers growing up, to celebrate my mother’s birthday.

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[All pictures from Sanary-sur-Mer in May]

Bucharest, Romania [June]

In Bucharest, Romania, for the JSCamp conference. Just back from a very nice speakers’ dinner, local food, music and nice people! Also really good to see Patrick H. Lauke again!

Romania & the JSCamp conference, June 2014

Romania & the JSCamp conference, June 2014

Nice evening/afterparty after the JSCamp Romania conference! Phil Hawksworth opening beer bottles with his eye, and long conversations about technology, life and beards (of course).

If you wonder what an evening abroad in another country could be like at times, here’s a brief summary of the less-than-pleasant conversation with the taxi driver on the way back to the hotel:

– So, you go to [hotel name]?
– Yep.
– You want massage?
– Eh… You mean normal massage?
– You get massage. And fuck.
– Oh. No, thanks, we’re good, actually. But on that topic, is there any place where we can get just normal massage here?
– Yes! There’s the best massage place!
– Great!
– It’s being run by a porn star!
– *sigh* No, thanks, going to the the hotel is just fine.

Romania & the JSCamp conference, June 2014

Then Gabriel Schiopu was so kind to take me on a full-day excursion to Transylvania and what, according to tourist legend, is Dracula’s Castle.

Romania & the JSCamp conference, June 2014

Romania & the JSCamp conference, June 2014

Romania & the JSCamp conference, June 2014

[All pictures from Romania in June]

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, USA [June]

It was a mixed trip with a Mozilla work week, a week of vacation when Karin and I went down Highway 1 and then to Yosemite, and then rounded off with Google I/O in San Francisco.

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

California dreamin’ with Karin

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

What a day yesterday in Carmel, California! Started out with going on whale watching from Monterey on a boat, and we saw a pack of Humpback Whales and a lot of sea lions!

Then on to Refuge, with eucalyptus steam bath, cold pools, fire places, waterfall pools and much more. So extremely nice and relaxing!

Then on to watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean in Carmel and an amazing dinner. 🙂

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

Big Sur. Highway 1. California.

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

Just had an AMAZING experience! Driving down Highway 1 in California, we came across a massive colony of Elephant Seals – over 100 of them on the beach!

So very cool to see these massive animals (up to 4.9 m, 2455 kg) right next to us!

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

Hearst Castle

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

On Monday this week, Karin and I got the crazy idea to drive all the way down from Cambria on the Californian coast to Yosemite National Park. And it was SO worth it! We spent a full intense day hiking and biking around, and it was beautiful!!!

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

Google I/O party in the Yerba Buena Gardens

San Franciso, Highway 1 & California, June 2014

[All pictures from San Franciso, Highway 1 & California in June]

London, United Kingdom [July]

In July, I was very happy to travel over to London with my closest friend, Henrik Box, to see Monty Python live on stage!

Getting ready to see Monty Python!

London & Monty Python show, July 2014

Monty Python at O2 arena in London!

London & Monty Python show, July 2014

London & Monty Python show, July 2014

Fitting ending to a great Monty Python show!

London & Monty Python show, July 2014

Afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason with Henrik Box

London & Monty Python show, July 2014

London & Monty Python show, July 2014

Bobby and Bobby

London & Monty Python show, July 2014

Hello darkness, my old friend

London & Monty Python show, July 2014

[All pictures from London in July]

Barcelona, Spain [September]

In Barcelona now! Ok trip, but narrow rows on the plane, so a bit “your gun is sticking into my hip”-style

Barcelona & the La Mercè festival, September 2014

Hello Barcelona & Gaudi!

Barcelona & the La Mercè festival, September 2014

That moment when you are in Barcelona and they project a 3D show about Sweden on a massive building…

Barcelona & the La Mercè festival, September 2014

Barcelona & the La Mercè festival, September 2014

Barcelona & the La Mercè festival, September 2014

Wonderful day with a wonderful Karin in Barcelona yesterday! La Sagrada Familia, 3D lightshow on a building, ancient sheets of music in a store, drinks in the W sky bar and more!

Barcelona & the La Mercè festival, September 2014

Barcelona & the La Mercè festival, September 2014

Barcelona & the La Mercè festival, September 2014

Classical concert in front of the Cathedral in Barcelona

Barcelona & the La Mercè festival, September 2014

Great night yesterday in Barcelona, with lovely people!

Barcelona & the La Mercè festival, September 2014

[All the pictures from Barcelona in September]

Budapest, Hungary [October]

Went to Budapest to give a talk to the Mozilla community about Firefox OS, and had a good time looking around Budapest as well.

Hello Hungary! Apparently they REALLY like fish soup here.

Budapest, Hungary, October 2014

Had a beautiful day and walk around in Budapest, Hungary. Monuments, squares, basilica, synagogue, climbing hills, higher hills and domes.

Budapest, Hungary, October 2014

Budapest, Hungary, October 2014

Budapest, Hungary, October 2014

Budapest, Hungary, October 2014

Budapest, Hungary, October 2014

[All the pictures from Hungary in September]

Brighton, United Kingdom [November]

Third time in Brighton and I realized I haven’t seen it in daylight before. So I went on sightseeing today to the Pier, Royal Pavilion and more. Nice walk!

Brighton, November 2014

Brighton, November 2014

Brighton, November 2014

Brighton, November 2014

[All the pictures from Brighton in November]

London, United Kingdom [November]

Had a quick day in London after Brighton, before traveling onwards to Estonia.

Nice day in London today. Had a stroll along the Thames & also ended up in the middle of the Lord Mayor’s Show parade.

London, November 2014

London, November 2014

London, November 2014

London, November 2014

[All pictures from London in November]

Tallinn, Estonia [November]

Module 2 of the LEAD program took place in Tallinn, Estonia.

Nice day in Tallinn, Estonia, with a beautiful evening walk

LEAD program in Tallinn, Estonia, November 2014

LEAD program in Tallinn, Estonia, November 2014

LEAD program in Tallinn, Estonia, November 2014

This morning’s working environment

LEAD program in Tallinn, Estonia, November 2014

[All the pictures from Tallinn in November]

Berlin, Germany [November]

Yesterday’s afterparty to the conference took place in a Golf Sport store. Yes, for real. We had dinner, drank wine and practised our swings among golf bags, clubs and staff…

Berlin, November 2014

Berlin, November 2014

[All the pictures from Berlin in November]

Mountain View, USA [November]

Went to Mountain View to attend the Chrome Dev Summit.

Arrived in Mountain View, California, after a full day of travel

Mountain View, November 2014

“There, I fixed it!” In-flight entertainment, British Airways style

Mountain View, November 2014

Took me two days to realize this thing was next to my bed at the hotel. Woke up early this morning thinking my room had been taken over by some kind of sect, drawing pentagrams…

Mountain View, November 2014

California morning

Mountain View, November 2014

American breakfast

Mountain View, November 2014

The mobile device wall at #chromedevsummit

Mountain View, November 2014

Visiting the Googleplex yesterday

Mountain View, November 2014

[All the pictures from Mountain View in November]

San Francisco, USA [November]

Had a couple of days in San Francisco before it was time to go home to Sweden again.

“For guest emergency use only”
A flashlight and a leopard pattern robe – only in San Francisco

San Francisco, November 2014

Spent the evening in the Mission in San Francisco and had dinner at La Taqueria

San Francisco, November 2014

Really great day in San Francisco, hanging out with Kenneth Auchenberg!
Took the boat over to Sausalito which led to seeing a fantastic sunset of the city, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, and then a beautiful night skyline of the city when we went back.

San Francisco, November 2014

San Francisco, November 2014

San Francisco, November 2014

San Francisco, November 2014

San Francisco, November 2014

Found some interesting inspiration for this year’s Christmas decorations

San Francisco, November 2014

Visited the Firefox monument on Embarcadero in San Francisco, which has my name on it!

San Francisco, November 2014

San Francisco, November 2014

[All pictures from San Francisco in November]

Tenerife, Spain [December]

Went on vacation with Karin and my children to Tenerife at the end of December, celebrating New Years there.

Tenerife, January 2015

Tenerife, January 2015

Tenerife, January 2015

Tenerife, January 2015

Tenerife, December 2014

Tenerife, December 2014

Tenerife, January 2015

Tenerife, December 2014

Went on a whale and dolphin safari, where we saw three 22 meter long fin whales, a pack of about 50 dolphins and then a pack of short-finned pilot whales.

Tenerife, December 2014

Tenerife, December 2014

Tenerife, December 2014

We also visited the Teide volcano, which is 3,718 meters, and it was a fantastic moon-like landscape there and quite cold when you got higher up!

Tenerife, January 2015

Tenerife, January 2015

Tenerife, January 2015

[All pictures from Tenerife]

Thanks for 2014!

Thanks for 2014, it was a fantastic year! Looking forward to 2015 and all the exciting things that are lined up!

4 Comments

  • Anup says:

    Wow, that is some busy schedule of 2014, seems like you like to travel a lot. 🙂

  • Roy Borrill says:

    No wonder you fear death. If I had your life I’d be shit scared and of it ending. But seeing as I don’t have a cool job and get to make good money and travel first class all over the world, I don’t really get give a toss about losing my mortal coil. Which now brings up the question of which of us is the lucky one, me or you? I’ll let you decide that one. 😉

    • Robert Nyman says:

      Well, I don’t travel first class, just regular economy, if that’s any consolation. 🙂
      And I’m grateful for all the things I get to experience, the people I get to meet and the places I visit.

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