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Welcome to Vienna!!!

After taking a bus from the airport to the Westbaunhof station, I walked the rest of the way to my hostel. Wombat’s The Base is an australian-run hostel that includes a hopping bar with the equivalent of blast doors to keep the noise from bothering those that are trying to sleep. A shower felt wonderful after 24+ hours of travel between airports and planes. I needed to get out, so I convinced three of the gals in my 6-person room to go with me to see if any of the historic buildings in Vienna are lit up at night (they are). We had a nice stroll through night-lit Vienna with a lovely quartet playing music in one of the atriums. Shivangi, Rukmani (not pictured), and Pauline were my companions for the evening. Possibly Related Posts: The Four Processors: A Neogeneralist Problem? My New Work Colleagues Momentary Lapse of Memory New Chapter: Life Reboot Self Evaluation: List of...

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Strange insights from the airport…

Okay, one cannot spend 24 hours in airports and planes without discovering some interesting things. Here are my weird and/or interesting discoveries… 1) Chewable toothbrushes. Sold in the bathrooms at the Heathrow Airport. It looks like a prize from a gumball machine. No idea what it is (it cost 1 euro and I didn’t have any coins). 2) iPod people – a reference to the generation of people who walk around with iPods and earphones 24-7. Now that I’ve heard them referred to as iPod people, that seems totally appropriate (more approrpriate than “Generation Y”) 3) Brookstone makes earbuds with a retractible cord. Tempting, but I am already short on space! Possibly Related Posts: The Four Processors: A Neogeneralist Problem? My New Work Colleagues Momentary Lapse of Memory New Chapter: Life Reboot Self Evaluation: List of...

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See you in Europe…

Today’s the day! Hope you’ve got your bags packed and your travel documents printed. Did you double check your flight arrangements one more time? Today’s challenge (for the mathematically inclined). A math instructor leaves Grand Rapids Michigan at 2:30pm (local time) on June 27th and arrives in Vienna, Austria at 6:00pm (local time) on June 28th. How long (in time) was the trip from start to finish? Seriously, I want to know. Notoriously, I cannot calculate anything that involves a time change. When I schedule a phone conference between time zones I always put it on my calendar at the wrong time… always. For those of you who lean more towards history than towards mathematics, how long would this same trip have taken in 1907? (100 years ago) I hope you are bringing along plenty of reading material for the airport maze! See you in Vienna! (or maybe Heathrow, as I am stuck there for 8 hours) Possibly Related Posts: The Four Processors: A Neogeneralist Problem? My New Work Colleagues Momentary Lapse of Memory New Chapter: Life Reboot Self Evaluation: List of...

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What do you do if you read too fast?

I know a lot of people that buy a nice thick novel and bring it on a 2-week vacation in hopes of getting through it on their trip. Well, what do you do if you can get through that thick novel in one plane flight? When I was a child, my family would have to make room in the trunk for a box (yes, a box) of books for the family vacation, just to keep me occupied. (mind you, this was before the advent of portable DVD players). So, if you can consume reading material at lightning speed, how do you keep yourself entertained on long plane trips, car trips, train trips, bus trips. Obviously, you can’t carry a box of books with you (unless you’re planning to travel naked). My self-entertainment plan: iPod with Audio books from Audible, two Paint by Number puzzle books (they don’t take up much room, but do take a lot of time), two novels (which I will swap with folks at hostels for more reading material), one leadership book (need to read it for my comprehensive exams in the fall), disposable reading material (like magazines) and one book of logic puzzles. This is a total of six physical books, several magazines, and an iPod. I know that still sounds ridiculous, but for me, that’s not very much reading material. iPod Leadership books (studying...

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All Packed and 24 Hours to go…

You’ve heard the phrase “All packed and no place to go”? Well, for the first time ever I am packed well in advance of a trip (usually I pack the morning of the trip). Here’s what all that packed up stuff looks like… Okay, you’re thinking, I thought we were only allowed TWO bags. Well, the middle one is my “I don’t trust the airlines” carry-on duffle with the stuff I would really not want to be on a vacation without or that I would really not want to repurchase (bathing suit, extra underwear, etc.). After I arrive in Vienna (with my luggage), I will pack that stuff back into the large bag and carry the empty duffle (it will work also work nicely as a carry-on on the plane trip home for the stuff I accumulate on the trip). Here’s what all that stuff you packed looks like outside of the bags… the day pack (there’s a little extra here because of the need to carry on important stuff, like prescription medicine). And the large backpack (shoes, clothes, towel, etc.)… Did I forget anything? Possibly Related Posts: The Four Processors: A Neogeneralist Problem? My New Work Colleagues Momentary Lapse of Memory New Chapter: Life Reboot Self Evaluation: List of...

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