Adiós 2016!

In my last blog of 2015 I mentioned what a special year it had been for us, but honestly 2016 has topped it in so many ways.

It was the year Bowen travelled the most miles and visited even more exciting, exotic destinations than ever before. There were again a few firsts (first time to Zel am See, Mexico City, the island of Bali and Kraków). British Airways was the carrier of choice and they lived up to their great customer service by upgrading us twice for free.

On the BA website they have this cool little chart showing some cool statistics. 

The year of travel started in late March with a week long trip to a small Austrian town called Zel Am See. This was our first ski trip to Austria and it was awesome! The weather was perfect most days, the scenery was outstanding.

A week or two later we were jetting off to Mexico City for the wedding extravaganza of the year. Our friends Rodney and Sofia were getting married, but this was no ordinary wedding.

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FIX: How to setup the D-Link DCS-5222L Rev B Surveillance IP camera on Samsung SmartThings?

This post is about my experience of setting up the D-Link DCS 5222L Network Surveillance camera to the Samsung SmartThings hub. There is a note on the SmartThings app that says:

This device has not been officially tested and certified to “Work with SmartThings”. You can connect it to your SmartThings home but performance may vary and we will not be able to provide support or assistance.

In fact this is a bit misleading because the D-Link DCS 5222L camera is not picked automatically if the latest firmware “DCS-5222L_B1_FW_V2.14.04” is installed on the camera. I know this because I have two of these cameras on my home network and one was on V2.13 while the other was on V2.14.

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What it means to live in the UK?

It means a great deal to me for multiple reasons (1st world, diversity, great services, central travel hub, weather, good beer etc.), but in this post I will give ONE excellent reason.

I lost my wallet on Tuesday evening at Lewisham station. It contained my drivers license, bank cards, credit cards, ID cards, some cash and some work receipts etc. 

Annoying to have lost it = YES, but I realized the loss quickly and called my banks to let them know, called the train station to report a lost wallet and logged into the DVLA website and purchased a replacement drivers licence. Basically by the time I went to bed, I had peace of mind that everything would be okay.

On Thursday morning I received in the post all my new bank cards and credit cards. It took less than two days for my bank to resolve my problem. That is excellent service in my eyes. 

On Friday I got a call from British Rail. My wallet had been found and I could collect it.  

Today (Saturday) my new drivers license has arrived. 

That is less than 4 days to have my life back to normal again. Talk about efficiency! The UK is efficient.

One great reason why living in the UK is awesome!