1. DebConf data

DebConf22 will be held at the Innovation & Training Park (ITP), Prizren, Kosovo, 17th → 24th July 2022.

DebCamp is from Sunday, 10th July to Saturday 16th July, 2022.

2. Attending

Registration is open and the confirmation deadline is 2022-06-20 (bursary application deadline 2022-05-01).

Planning to attend:

Nick

DebCamp

DebConf

Further travel

Registration

jmw

No

Yes

No

ChrisBoot

No

Yes

No

Noodles

No

Yes

No

Sledge

Some

Yes

No

Edward

No

Yes

No

codehelp

No

Yes

No

3. Accommodation and local transport

Hotel

People

Innovation & Training Park (venue accomodation)

Iliria Hotel, Nijazi Alishani, Prizren (1.5km from venue)

City Hotel, Edit Durham, Prizren 20000 (1.7km from venue)

Noodles, Sledge, codehelp, RattusRattus, Isy, Count-Dracula

Sky Hotel (3km from venue)

4. Travel to/from Prizren

Flying, road trip and rail travel are all viable.

4.1. Flying

Direct flights to Prishtina are available from Heathrow via BA, but only on a Saturday. That means missing out on the last 2 days of the conference or staying for a further 6 days.

Other flight ideas:

Name

Nick

Contact

Outbound

Return

JonathanMcDowell

Noodles

noodles@earth.li

16/7 09:25 BAW BHD-LHR-PRN

23/7 19:25 BAW PRN-LHR (T5 Premier Inn overnight)

JonathanWiltshire

jmw

jmw@d.o

16/7 14:35 BAW LHR-PRN

23/7 19:25 BAW PRN-LHR

ChrisBoot

bootc

bootc@d.o

16/7 14:35 BAW LHR-PRN

23/7 19:25 BAW PRN-LHR

EdwardBetts

edward

edward@4angle.com

Onward travel to Prizren: bus (1h45) or taxi; by car, 50 minutes.

4.2. Driving

From the Calais Eurotunnel departure point, viable routes are:

Sledge is doing the last option of these three routes. He'll need at least a couple of co-drivers. Itinerary is something like:

Date

Travel

Approx miles

Approx hours

12/7

Cambridge -> Dover -> Dunkirk -> Luxembourg

400 road, 20 sea

8h (2h/2h/4h)

13/7

Luxembourg -> Bologna (meet Enrico?)

580

9h20

14/7

Bologna -> Bari

415

6h30

14/7-15/7

Overnight Ferry Bari -> Durrës

150 sea

10h

15/7

Durrës -> Prizren (ETA ~1400)

120

2h30

TOTAL

1240 road, 370 sea

23h30 road, 18h sea

Return is a slightly different route for variety, branching further west from Bologna and heading up through more of France. Leave Prizren on the 24th, back in Cambridge evening of 27th.

For ferry lovers, Cambridge via Harwich and the Netherlands is approx 2,740km or 30 hours.

4.3. Railing

Not investigated. Owing to political/logistical reasons, probably needs to overshoot into North Macedonia, and then back north into Kosovo; eg: …{Zagreb(HR),Budapest(HU)}→Belgrade(RS)→Skopje(MK)→Pristina(XK)→…

If you do this it is about 80% of the distance of the traditional *Orient Express* route to Istanbul, and all covered on an Interrail pass (except for Kosovo…). Can be done in ~48 hours but after Germany trains tend to be two times per day (either night train, or day train) instead of two times per hour, and somewhat slower, so alternate between day‒night‒day, or night‒day‒night, changing at each capital city.

https://www.seat61.com/Serbia.htm has some ideas; In July/August 2021 the sleeper connections from Brussels/Amsterdam restarted, so you can now use eg. Eurostar to Amsterdam and the "Weed Express" (NightJet 420/421) between Amsterdam ⇄ Austria to cover half the distance in one night before the slower scenic parts.

…Have done Macedonia and Banja Luka (previous Debconf) on the train, and it was teh awesome; but the people who road tripped also had tonnes of (shared) fun!

5. Entry requirements

TBC.

6. Customs

TBC.

7. Local SIMs

TBC. Kosovo is not covered by Three Go Roam

TheEarthWiki: DebconfTravel2022 (last edited 2022-04-09 20:28:55 by NeilWilliams)