OK… A Mediterranean Cruise in November Was Not My Smartest Idea…

In retrospect, we had a good time on our first week of vacation… but we would have had a better time if we’d thought things through. This trip was planned around TechEd EMEA in Barcelona running November 5th-9th.   The conference was great and we had a blast!   Our cruise covered Nice and Monaco, Florence and…

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Friday, November 16th — A Day at Sea with a Major Storm…

Oh, my, it was moving!!  I used to own a large power boat and have had it in 15 foot seas. Then, I experienced 30-35 degree pitching (forward-backwards motion) and rolling (side to side). I’ve been seasick on smaller boats and this did not bother me. Still, over half the people on the boat were…

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Thursday, November 15th — The Bus Tour from Hell and a Lovely Formal Evening

On Thursday, we had signed up for YET ANOTHER all day cruise… Again, Roger and D’Arcy had wanted to try the “Corleone Village and Wine Tasting” tour but hadn’t purchased tickets as early as we had. So, off we were (without our new friends) onto yet another large bus (but seated in the front). This…

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Wednesday, November 14th — Pompeii, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, and Motion Sickness…

Naples!   The evening cruise had been quiet and we were back at it with the tour busses.   Our new friends had not been able to book with the Royal Caribbean sponsored tour to Pompeii, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast.   D’Arcy had gotten on the Internet and found a private tour to these same locations.  This…

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 — Our Second Wedding Anniversary (and NOT in Rome as We Had Planned)

After months and months of talking about our second anniversary in Rome, we decided not to go after all… We started the day by sleeping in!!!   What a joyous relaxation after TechEd and Tour-busses!   We slept late, exercised, and had a couples’ massage.   This was simply two tables and two masseuses in the same room……

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Monday, November 12th — Florence, Pisa, and Challenges with the Tour Bus

We had determined that D’Arcy and Roger had tickets for the same 10 hour excursion to Florence and Pisa as we did… to get on the same bus, we needed to arrive at the theater together and get the same stickers.   We met for a very fast (think inhaling) breakfast.  We were down at the…

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Sunday, November 11th — Nice, Eze, and Monaco

We awoke Sunday morning in the harbor of Villefrance which is close to both Nice and Monaco.   By 7:30AM, we were in the theater at the bow of the ship sitting waiting to be called for our excursion and to get on the tenders to ride from the Voyager of the Seas to the dock…

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Saturday, November 10th — Departing Barcelona on Voyager of the Seas

Warning!   There’s nothing in this blog post but “what we did on vacation”… no computer stuff. So, back in February when I decided to return to Microsoft, I told my bride, Lisa, she would love it.   Before contacting Microsoft, I looked online to see when TechEd EMEA was happening and determined it was November 4th-9th.  …

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TechEd Barcelona

Wow!  What a fun week from November 4th-9th!   I am recounting this on November 25th after two weeks of vacation. Shortly after returning to Microsoft last Spring, I offered to present at TechEd EMEA held this year in Barcelona, Spain.   I had proposed three talks: Metropolis: Interchangeability of Operations, Life Beyond Distributed Transactions: An Apostate’s…

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