Today it’s St. Patrick’s Day and, of course, everyone across the world is celebrating! For me though, it’s also another kind of special day, which is why I’m also celebrating it and big time! Today, 9 years ago exactly, I moved to Gran Canaria from The Netherlands. Indeed, I can’t believe it either that my life has changed just so much with a simple move from one country to another, but, it surely looks like time flies when you are having fun!
So, yes, it’s been 9 years since I moved to Gran Canaria, and it’s just a bit too ironic that I’m celebrating that 9th anniversary in Utrecht, The Netherlands, where I am staying for a couple of days attending and presenting at #intra13 … Then from here on to Paris, then Leuven, Belgium, then Prague…
Ahhh, the trials and tribulations of road warriors, right? Well, anyway, since it’s freezing cold over here in Utrecht, I thought I would share this snapshot of Maspalomas Dunes for today’s #1Pic1Memoryjust to remind me of what awaits me in a couple of weeks, when I get back home, to celebrate those 9 years in Gran Canaria …
Gorgeous view, isn’t it? Oh, yes, I know, it will be a lot warmer, too! Double yay!!
Just scored my new, shiny, third pair of running shoes since I started running nearly 2 years ago. Went shopping yesterday and just couldn’t help getting these after having tried them out. Lightweight, rather flexible, comfortable, warm, and, above all, a real treat when going out with them for the daily workout!
(For today’s #1Pic1Memory…)
A bit chilly in Madrid today, so instead I decided to spend some time indoors, in the hotel itself, chilling out in between here and there and marvelling at the rather interesting lobby the hotel has. It made me feel like I was in Andalucía, where I am sure the weather was much warmer and probably nicer! :)
For today’s #1Pic1Memory…
(And for whatever the reason I cannot longer upload pictures anymore from my MacBook Air through any of the Web browsers I have tried out. Tell you, starting to get a bit irritated by the silliness of it all… Haven’t changed anything in my machine for weeks and it stops working now?!? How typical! :-P)
You see? There is *nothing* more annoying than when you are in a hurry to share a quick note, or short entry over here in Tumblr, it takes you over 30 minutes, because, for whatever the reason, none of the browsers I tried out worked out all right. And I kept losing all of the updates I was putting together with text and everything. Really silly Tumblr’s attitude of not saving the post as a draft if it can’t post. Really! First time, dear Tumblr. Next time around I’m off on to better things …
Anyway, like I was saying 30 minutes ago … Once again, I am on the road, on to the next business trip, which this time around is going to take me to Madrid, Utrecht (The Netherlands), Paris, Leuven (Belgium) and Prague.
It’s been a few years since the last time that I was in Utrecht, so it would be good catching up with the city and friends! At the same time I am just sooo looking forward to both Leuven and Prague, since I have never been there before and it looks like with spring just around the corner I may be a bit lucky and enjoy some gorgeous weather as well. Yay!!
For now, for today’s #1Pic1MemoryI thought I would go ahead and share a snapshot of a new hotel I’m staying at in Madrid: Mercure Madrid Plaza de España. Very centric, smart and elegant, very quiet, lovely decorations, rather friendly staff and very competent and lightning fast FREE wi-fi! Yes, I know!, I am sold on it! :-D
A couple of days ago I shared a snapshot of one of the views I get to see every day while I do my daily dose of running workout. Well, for today’s #1Pic1Memory here’s another picture of the other side. In this case Playa del Inglés, south of Gran Canaria.
I quite enjoy the contrast from the deep countryside with the ocean separated by a large bunch of houses scattered all over the place. Makes up for quite some interesting views while getting your muscles going! :)
Oh, boy, I was hoping that rather today or tomorrow I would be ending up my self-inflicted Twitter & Google Plus silence and come back into the social grid. Alas, inside the company we are having one of the most exhilarating, exciting, inspirational, mind-blowing and rather thought-provoking Jams I can remember and on the topic of the Client Experience.
I am having such a blast with it that I am totally enveloped into it with no remedy till it ends later on this week, so I guess that silence will continue for just a little longer … However, I couldn’t help dropping by over here and share the #1Pic1Memory of the day hehe
This time around, a sunset view of Maspalomas Dunes, in Gran Canaria, where I usually enjoy going for long walks with the dog chilling out after rather hectic days at work… Sense I will be heading there by the end of the week, too! :-D
Oh, yes, indeed! Spring is just around the corner … Today’s snapshot for #1Pic1Memory, a view of the landscape I get to see every day for my daily workout / run in the early hours of the morning… Not too bad, eh?
And just like that, BANG!, there went February 2013 and here’s March already! No time to breathe, it seems! Already Q1 almost upon us, which means spring is just around the corner, and not so far behind summer, too!
But one step at a time … Since we are just getting started with March, how about if we go, for today’s #1Pic1Memory snapshot, for another great imagery from the one and only on Visualisations, Joachim Stroh, taken from this stunning calendar he’s put together on Modern Visualisations and Metaphors?
And which describes a new theme per month… This time around on Activity, Filter, Measurement, Attention, Focus, Progress, Vote…
Ohhh, that weekly indulgence we just can’t live without… What would we be doing without it, eh?
(Well, I just had mine at my favourite café: Cafe Wien… Above is a snapshot of what it was like :-D)