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I’m three weeks into a 10-12 week engagement in Bermuda – Though I’ve only been able to get to the beach 3 times, I thought I would post some of the pictures from those outings to keep my hopes of getting out of the office more often.
While here, I’ve been working in Banking, and have managed to read “Memoirs of a Geisha” on the plane back.
Me on the beach
Read on for more…
I’m in for a climate-shock – After last weekend in rockies, I’m heading to San Diego for the HIMSS conference (currently writing in the Seattle airport).
We got to hit-up two great mountains for a perfect ski-weekend. We’ve been hitting it pretty hard this year, and this trip marked the 13th day of skiing for the year (In greece they keep track of how many “swims” or “banos” on the beach they have – I suppose our equivalent is skiing). Not only did we take some great pictures, but I have even compiled a series of videos (just click below to watch – approx 4 minutes).
You’ll notice how many times I say “it sure is beautiful” – I think the high altitude was affecting the oxygen supply to my brain, and the vocabulary was limited as a result. It happens.
For a breakdown the individual mountains read on. (more…)
Ski season has started, and for the first time in many years, I’m looking to put in some serious time. If you feel like heading up to Whistler this year, let me know – chances are, I’m good to go.
We’ve already two days of preseason skiing up at Blackcomb, and look forward to making the most of our Edge Passes.
On a related note, if you trying to locate a ski hill near you, you’ve definitely got to see this site – it’s a google map of resorts across north america.
If you’re interested in seeing more pictures of the preseason, just follow the “More” link below
Last of the Europe 2005 pictures are finally up.
We spent our final three days of the trip in Amsterdam – We stayed in a nice, but very expensive (like everything else there) hotel near the centre of town called the NH City Centre.
Schedule was pretty conistent except when we were locked out of hotel late one night. There was a group of about 8 of us who ended up standed outside banging on the door at 2AM – including a very jovial 6’8″
Texan Scotsman, and a programmer from boston.
Daily schedule was as follows:
- 8:00 – We would get up fairly early considering it was vacation
- 8:30 – Grab some breakfast at the local supermarket, pack some pastries and sandwich meat for later in the day
- 9:00 – Check Email, and plan activites for the day
- 9:30 – Begin walk of the city, hitting 2 or 3 sites for the day. City is definately walkable – plenty of nice canal taxis as well
- 17:00 – Return to the hotel for some nappage
- 19:00 – Out for the night – pound some dinner food, and hit the streets
- 1:30 – Back to hotel for the night
The trip in Holland got better the longer we stayed. When we first arrived, initial impressions were not that favorable. The garbage collectors were on strike, and the streets were very dirty, and at first we didn’t know where to go. Out hotel straddled the redlight district and the the nicer jordaan area to the east – and it took awhile to determine where we should head.
We were also fortunate to be in Amsterdam during SAIL 2005, which happened completely by accident: “For six days, Amsterdam will be a living exposition of saling heritage and nautical wealth. During SAIL Amsterdam 2005, approximately 20 Tall Ships as well as 500 historic sailing boats and motorboats are expected in the IJ harbour.” The Ships added to the festive atmosphere.
During the SAIL festival, we did some salsa dancing lesson, saw a hip-hop concert attended almost solely by senior citizens, and dropped by one of the nicest gyms I’ve ever seen. (a day later we followed a group of mexicans marching through the streets singing – raising awareness for Jesus, i think – they were fun)
Fortunately, we were also able to spend some time our friends in NL. We had a night out were we tried some traditional Dutch food at
gradma’sMom’s kitchen, pounded some 1st class Gelato Icecream, saw a great classical concert on the canals, and rode a gyrating beer bottle- I ended up getting stuck in the thing, but did win some free prizes.
On the way back we bumped into our Turkish friend, who was on his way back to UToronto for his MBA – we were on the same plane back, and my discussions with him confirmed my beliefs that he is out of control!
Edit’s made according to biggie – see the crossed out text
Thanks to Andrew, who hooked us up greatly (he’s the king of the Comp) – I’ve got some new Vegas pictures up in the Photo Gallery.
We were only there for three days, but some astute planning meant that we were able to see alot. In addition to walking the strip, doing some gambling, and watching shows, we were able to get some really good eating in.
If I had to rank the appeal of different attractions it would be as follows:
- Shows – We saw three of them, more on this below (some in the group saw different shows)
- Mystere – A Cirque du Soleil show. It was the first Cirque show I’ve seen, and I found it very entertaining. The music was great, and the acrobatic performances almost beyond belief – The perfomance seemed to be a fusion of Olympic gymnastics put to an artistic background. The show develops a sense of mystique you don’t get from film or theatre- the abilities of the performers are beyond human expecations. I’d recommend the show to anybody.
- Wayne Brady – This guy is quick. If you’ve seen “who’s line is it anyways”, or the Chappelle show (as a guest), you might know who he is. He’s able to perfect any musical genre you throw at him, and can act out nearly anything. As a side note, we saw our only celebrity during the show; it was Martin Lawrence. Lawrence was in the crowd watching the show, and then volunteered for one of the acts.
- Blue Man Group – These are the guys from Intel commercial. They are very unique. I didn’t really know what to expect coming in, but the show came as a nice surprise. The show builds until, by the end, it is like a crazy techno rave party, with all the audience going nuts. They’ve got plenty of unique intruments as well. This show is has a less universal appeal, but a more dedicated fan base than the other two shows mentioned above. If you’ll like the show, you will like it alot.
- Food – The food was incredible. If not for the quality, then for the sheer scale. The food was both plentiful, and of excellent quality. I was expecting mad greasiness, but it was fortunately not what I saw. We ate at the Bellagio Buffet, and had all other meals in the Mandalay Bay complex. There are many different restaurants, and you can find cuisine to fit your tastes.
- General Atmosphere – Obviously this is a big part of Vegas. One small thing that we noticed was that people were drinking on the street. In Vancouver, you’ll never see any alcohol on the street (although you will smell pot, and have the ability to buy heroin at any corner.) The whole town is over the top, and you really feel the magnitude of things when you walk the strip.
- Hotels – This relates to the atmosphere listed above. You can spend over 20 minutes walking from one end of a casino to the other end. They are monstrous. Some are beautiful (Belagio, Venetian), while some have a Chucky Cheese feel (Excaliber, Circus Circus). We were at the Mandalay Bay.
- Gambling – I’m not a gambler. I lost everything that I bet. Fortuantely, it was just $6. What is very interesting, however, is to see how big of an economic engine gambling is. You look at the monumental scale of the casinos and you can get a sense of how the town is run. Watching people trifle away what they’ve taken all year to earn is an inspiring experience – It makes me wonder how I can get in on the action .
That’s it for now, Enjoy the pics.