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Akaroa New Zealand

Caramel Crepes and Cafe au Lait

Akaroa NZ – France meets Kiwis I’ve just returned from a business trip through Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; and Christchurch, New Zealand for the past few weeks. After work on our last day in the Christchurch area we took a drive down around route 75 south with no particular destination in mind, just driving through […]

Back on the road again

On the Road Again

On the road again … Tomorrow I’m back on the road again for a 17 day business trip to Australia (Sydney) and New Zealand (Auckland and Christchurch) for some PCI assessment work, and general information security meetings and reviews with folks in our APAC offices. I do love New Zealand, and Auckland in particular. This is my […]

October – November Travel

Latte with a silhouette of an airplane - More Coffee - Less Travel

Too much travel, too little time … Over the next eight weeks, I will be traveling … well pretty much around the world. I have a PCI conference in Vancouver, British Columbia to attend, some meetings in one of my company’s Boston offices, and then … audits down in Australia and New Zealand. Somewhere over […]

Budapest: Saint Matthias Church III

St. Matthias Church in Budapest, Hungary at Castle Hill.

Mátyás-templom (Saint Matthias Church) I’ve posted other photos of Saint Matthias Church in my Budapest photo gallery, but I really did like the way this image came out. This building has had a long, somewhat crazy, history. Tradition holds Saint Stephen founded the church as the Church of Mary in 1015 AD, and this original […]

Barcelona: Park Güell

A shot of the entrance of Park Güell in Barcelona - a park designed by Gaudi in Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi’s Park Güell – Barcelona While in Barcelona, we tried to visit a couple different Gaudi landmarks, and were hoping to walk around Park Güell and take some photos. Unfortunately, we made a critical mistake – not buying tickets in advance. We were able to walk around the outside of the park, and a small open area, […]

Buda Castle: Public Art and Sculptures

A bronze statue at the Buda Castle Hill Area

Buda Castle – Sculptures and Artwork Walking around on my last day in Budapest, within the Buda Castle District, there are dozens of outdoor bronze statues and sculptures. I never did find out the name of this one, but it appears to be Saint/King Matthias based on the other artworks in the general area. I need […]

Budapest: Guarding the Entrance

Lion Statue guarding the entranceway to the Budapest Museum of Art and History courtyard.

None shall pass I’ve been home about a week from my last business trip, and I am still going through thousands of photos I took on my downtime in Barcelona and Budapest. This is one from Budapest, as you enter the courtyard to the Budapest History Museum. I visited the museum on my last trip, but […]

The True Grand Budapest Hotel

Looking down Fisherman's Bastion in the Castle Hill distict of Budapest

Grand Budapest Hotel So, I haven’t done this type of post yet, but there is a first time for everything. Last week I was in Budapest for business, and because of a music festival in town, my normal hotel was booked out, and I stayed at the Hilton Budapest Castle Hotel — and it truly was […]

Jetlag 1 – Sleep Pattern 0

Never too tired for a Pint!

Jetlag : A.K.A. I need a vacation from my travels So, I got home late last night from my latest European Vacation business trip… while it wasn’t as bad as the Griswald’s coming home from CEST usually does bad things to my circadian rhythm and sleep patterns. Its currently about 8:15 PM here in US […]

26 hours to go …

Map of this summer's travel (so far)

Heading home … Its been a long 5 out of 6 weeks of business travel this summer – but it is coming to a close very shortly. In 26 hours I get on my British Airways flight from Budapest, Hungary to London, Heathrow … then Heathrow back to Philadelphia … then finally back into the Poconos […]