The departure day to University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, for competing in IOI 2010 finally came. Training camps had over; now it is my time to prove my skills in this world’s most prestigious high school programming contest, IOI 2010, which will be held in 14th – 21st August 2010.
To be honest, this was my first time going abroad (you know how it feels, eh? :P). At first I wondered which items to bring, because I didn’t want to miss anything but also didn’t want to bring too much items. Fortunately, a friend of mine, Eko Wibowo a.k.a. marcadian had been living in Canada, so he could tell me what should I bring to ‘survive’ in Canada, such as sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, etc.
Indonesian team for IOI 2010 consists of 11 persons:
- Suryana Setiawan
- Brian Marshal
- Alham Fikri Aji
- Ashar Fuadi (me)
- Christianto Handojo
- Harta Wijaya
- Arief Bachtiar
- Yugo Isal
- Yudhi Purwananta
- Dyah Widyowatie
In the morning on the departure day, we were invited to Dikdasmen (Elementary and High School Directorate) to listen to a ‘farewell’ speech from Mr Sungkowo. He wished that we could get the best result for Indonesia in IOI 2010.
The contestants were also given Batik shirts to wear in the opening and closing ceremony. It has been quite a tradition for Indonesian contestants to wear Batik in international competitions, including this very prestigious event.
Then, finally, we headed to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. There, we realized that we’d got few Indonesian souvenirs. Yep, it is common for contestants in IOI to exchange souvenirs. Me? I brought some Toraja keychains, which I bought in OSN (Indonesian National Olympiad) two years ago! Aji, confidently, got one hundred 1000-rupiah bills to share (hey, that’s very cheap!). We also purchased some Indonesian postcards in the airport to complete the souvenir packs.
At last we took off. The journey from Indonesia to Canada took nearly 20 hours. During the journey, I didn’t fast although it was Ramadhan, because I was in travel and the sahur and break times were confusing.
At 22 o-clock, Saturday, we arrived in Toronto. Some IOI organizers picked up by bus to University of Waterloo. All IOI’s participants stayed in University of Waterloo’s dormitory.
It was a very tiring but enjoyable trip!