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Friday, October 20, 2017

Next trip Coming Up: Back to San Diego!

I'm excited that next week I'll be able to get back to the west coast and San Diego!  I've got a quick jaunt planned for Thursday evening through a Sunday return where I will be able to reconnect with friends and colleagues at USD and SDSU (as well as take advantage of a yearly eye doctor appointment).  The last number of weeks have been focused on the rollout of Field Services and it will be nice to fit in a short trip.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Conference Trip 2017: IMTA

Greetings from Switzerland!

My week so far has been a bit of a blur, though I finally think I'm adjusting to the change in timezone (and sleeping through the night).  Of course just the time I get this all figured out, I have to fly back on Sunday.  Oh well.

I'm here attending and presenting at the 2017 IMTA conference - my presentation was on a chapter submission that Jimmy, Mo, and I submitted and were accepted for earlier this year.  Unfortunately neither Jimmy nor Mo were able to join me here so I took the reigns of our presentation.  All went well and feedback was good for our work!  It also didn't hurt to see and receive a copy of the actual book onsite:


We have one final day of activities here and then its off to Brussels for the ILA conference.  Fortunately the timing worked out that I could attend these back to back.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Labor Day trip: Forum and Colosseum

The proximity of our AirBnb was very close to the Forum and Colosseum, so we made the most of it in between initial raindrops.



We even managed to fit in some pizza and gelato for lunch as we walked back home.  Our dinner of choice for the evening was a nice place just a short walk away called Il Girasole (I was craving lasagna and was not disappointed):


Overall our trip was very fun with no real problems to speak of.  It was a great decision to do an AirBnb close to the forum and within walking distance of the train station.  Would definitely do the same again on a future trip!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Labor Day trip: Vatican and Pantheon

The weather was perfect and we were off to the Vatican for a 12:30p entry time to the museums.  Only problem - we got a late start and I thought we could make a Trevi Fountain stop:


The Vatican museums were not busy though the Sistine Chapel was packed - no pictures!

After taking time through each of the exhibits we maneuvered our way back toward Raphael's tomb and the Pantheon:


For dinner we decided to try a place near the Pantheon that was a bit hidden out of the way - La Ciambella.  It was quite possibly the best Italian meal we've had:




Tuesday, September 12, 2017

United Introduces New International Routes

United announced today they are expanding international service in several markets with new locations and frequencies.

From USA Today:

Newark-Porto
Begins May 4 and runs through Oct. 4. United will fly one daily round-trip flight on Boeing 757 aircraft. Flight time is scheduled for 7 hours, 5 minutes eastbound and 8 hours westbound.
Newark-Reykjavik
Begins May 23 and runs through Oct. 4. United will fly one daily round-trip flight on Boeing 757 aircraft. Flight time is scheduled for 5 hours, 40 minutes eastbound and 6 hours, 10 minutes westbound.
Washington Dulles-Edinburgh, Scotland
Begins May 23 and runs through Oct. 4. United will fly one daily round-trip flight on Boeing 757 aircraft. Flight time is scheduled for 7 hours, 15 minutes eastbound and 8 hours westbound.
San Francisco-Zurich
Begins June 7 and runs through Oct. 27. United will fly one daily round-trip flight on Boeing 787-8 “Dreamliner” aircraft. Flight time is scheduled for 11 hours eastbound and 11 hours, 50 westbound.

These routes are in addition to the already announced service additions from Houston to Sydney and Los Angeles to Singapore.

I'm looking forward to seeing what redemption options are possible/open on these routes.