We had a business event in Barcelona. I have never been in any Spanish speaking country. I have never been in Mallorca or Costa Brava, so did not know Spain.
Therefore I am surprised about how nice Spanish people are. I like even the language: „Holla“ means hello and sounds very nice. They just say „Holla“.
On the second day, we drove with Sagways through the city. This is real fun. You have to train it a bit at the beginning, but after 2 minutes, you are ok.
Once I had to jump from the thing because the turn I tried was finally to strong, but it is not really easy to have an accident. You can just not go too fast. It slows down automatically. And the nice thing is that you can drive just through the pedestrians.
I had to go to a customer on Monday, to Antwerpen. I already have been in Brussels a couple of years ago, in Winter. Belgium is very nice. I like the people and the cities.
I had to fly to Amsterdam because the cost are much lower and went by train from Schiphol to Antwerpen. It is a ride of exactly 1 hour with WIFI connection in the wagon. Very convenient.
The hotel was near the docks in an old area which was massively improved recently. I found a very nice restaurant just near the hotel where you could sit outside and had twice dinner there.
The beer in Belgium is also very good. Had a couple of them. At the end we also found the error in our Software, so my trip was a success. Was back today late afternoon. I really like such trips from time to time.
I had to go to Hanoi to visit our team which is working for us now since about 3 years. We have at the moment 6 developers and 1 tester there. This was my first time, I was in Asia. Up to now I was a bit afraid of that continent. But with this travel, I have a totally different opinion.
Hanoi is a big, noisy and polluted city. But the people are very charming. For me all streets looked the same and I had never an idea, in which area I was. But this would change if you are there for a longer time.
On the last day, I went with a motorbike to down town. Was much fun. Most of the people in Hanoi have a motorbike instead of a car. There must be millions of motorbikes driving around every day. For our experience of traffic in Europe, traffic in Hanoi is total chaos, no rules. But that makes it the more interesting. Next time, I will try to get my own motorbike and then I will dive into the traffic and have more fun.
Gothemburg is the second largest city in Sweden. I had to travel to Gothemburg for business exactly at the day which is the longest day in year. At this time, the it is not getting really dark in the night.
First, I thought it can not be so bad, that you can not sleep. But I really could not sleep with with open windows. In the middle of the night it is so bright in the night, that it is not possible to sleep. Must have to do something with the human hormones. I woke up ever and ever until I decided to darken the window. Really fascinating, at 10 pm it is still so bright, that you can read a newspaper outside.
This was my first time in Tzech Republic. Very much is similar to Austria. Very nice people and cities. We had good weather. It was possible to have dinner outside. Food is also very good.
Königrätz is a famous city because the was a battle between Austria and Preussen in the 18th century. We took a taxi from Praha to this city north east to Praha and when we travelled back, we had a rest of a few hours in Praha. We sat in the center in a nice restaurent and had some beers.
My first time in Brussels. We had a meeting of all R&D team leaders from the whole group and it was very nice. People from US and different countries in Europe met to talk about development processes.
Brussels is a nice city. I like the people there and you can drink good beer there. I saw the first time in my live a beer containing 10 percent alcohol. We visited a restaurent where you could select between 200 different sorts of beer. Of course some of us tested the beer with 10 percent alcohol. But you do not taste it, you can only feel it the next morning, when you are still dired.
The organizer of the meeting also arranged one evening a kind of personal theater in the restaurent where we had dinner. Four or five actors performed a criminal story while we were eating and we were even integrated into the story. Was very funny.
I have been very often in Paris and I like this city. This time we had been in Bagneux, a quarter not so far from the center. Nice restaurents and bars, typical Paris. Unfortunately we saw not so much from the city itself because we had to work the whole day.
A couple of years ago I was in Paris for a training and managed to go to the city in the afternoon and hang around in some Brasseries. That was a lot of fun. And the first time, I was in Paris is at least 20 years ago. I stayed there with a girl friend for a whole week and we were able to see all the tourist locations you just have to see: Tour Eiffel, Montmartre, Louvre and so on.
I had to go to a meeting in Austin, Texas. Our company has a subsidiary there. Austin is a very nice city. Totally different to New York.
I have never been in this part of the US and am very surprised. I have been in California almost 20 years ago, and I have been in New York for several times, but all regions are different.
It is flat, in the middle of the country which means that you fly with the plan for hours over land which always looks the same. We flew in from Canada and had half the day wood, fields and small towns beneath us. We landed in Atlanta, Georgia, where you could see a lot of new houses grouped into lanes as you can see it in TV series from US.
Austin has a small center with a few sky scrapers. Austin is the head quarter of Dell, and there are the government and the university of Texas there. This explains also the big difference to for example New York. In Austin, there are crowds of people doing sports, running, biking and so on, what you can not see in Connecticut for example.