Father’s Day…

May 17, 2007

Originally uploaded by Stephan’s Place.


Originally uploaded by Stephan’s Place.

… is afflicted in Germany with groups of men walking or biking through the landscape, but never ignoring a tavern on the way. Most of them carry beer with them, in case the distance between 2 taverns is to dry.
In Birkenwerder, a small green town north of Berlin were I live in, we found today a live band at the restaurant near the lake. The “Bluegrass Breakdown”, a local country band was playing nicely and a lot of line dancers joined the stage to perform their dances. It was really a nice atmosphere with friendly people. Good neighborhood.

The last days in CA

May 8, 2007

Originally uploaded by Stephan’s Place.

About the Red Herring Spring conference I’ve already posted here. Next day we headed the Hwy 1 north, enjoying the landscape. On my flickr pages are some more photos from that. Finally we arrived, guess where? the picture here has a nearly hidden hint included. The town was wonderful and impressive as ever, and I was wandering through the city to visit some old known places. Finally I found a nice bar to rest from the walk and enjoy a Cesar salad with chicken and a draft beer.

First day in Monterey

May 3, 2007

Originally uploaded by Stephan’s Place.

The jet lag effect kicked us out of the bed around 6 in the morning, so after a so called “continental” breakfast we had a walk through the town to the beach. lather the weather became cloudy, so we headed back to the hotel to work on our presentation. Sandro tried to finish e white paper and finally we tried to sharpen our elevator pitch. At 7 p.m. we headed to the Monterey Aquarium, were the formal greeting reception took place. So we had plenty time for a first networking.

Flight to LA, CA

May 1, 2007

Originally uploaded by Stephan’s Place.

On Monday I was flying from Berlin to Frankfurt to meet there my collegue Sandro (VP Marketing at Mindquarry). Together we took the Air India flight to LA. Sandro was backbiting a little bit about bloggers who often write about all the trouble happens during a flight. “There is usually trouble at almost every flight” he said. He had right. But to avoid his backbiting on me, I’ll stay quiet at that point. Perhaps Sandro will blog about the flight. 😉
Anyway, nearly everything worked out fine at the travel. The photo on the right is taken from our car at the Hwy 5 north. At that point, we just had left the LA suburban area and still 4 hours to travel to Monterey. At that time we still had not considered jet lag effects, on which we should suffering soon.
It was a hard ride to Monterey, were we arrived at half past midnight local time. We’ve been really down and happy to be able to go to bed immediately.