Richard & Stacy's Round the World Trip 2001


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Day 1 - Departing
Day 2 - Amsterdam
Day 3 - Veldhoven
Day 4 - CttM Day One
Day 5 - CttM Day Two
Day 6 - The Holland Tour
Day 7 - Off to Istanbul
Day 8 - Seraglio Point
Day 9 - Bosphorous Tour
Day 10 - Exploring Sultanahmet
Day 11 - The City Walls
Day 12 - The Asian Side
Day 13 - Taking a Break
Day 14 - Leaving Turkey
Day 15 - A Day in Singapore
Day 16 - Arrival in Sydney
Day 17 - Exploring Sydney
Day 18 - ODDC Day One
Day 19 - ODDC Day Two
Day 20 - Toranga Zoo
Day 21 - Off to New Zealand
Day 22 - Road Trip to Tauranga
Day 23 - Tauranga to Taupo
Day 24 - Visiting Granny Stanton
Day 25 - Leaving Levin
Day 26 - Return to Auckland
Day 27 - The Trip Home

Tuesday, May 29, 2001.

The second (and last) day of the ODDC conference. A day for actual work, which is a good thing, because the rain from last night hasn't stopped, in fact, there's a thunderstorm over Sydney. Stacy decided she might do a bit of shopping, trying to stay dry, so Richard took the camera with him for the day, heading first to the speakers lounge to review his session before presenting in the late morning.

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Ken and Brian review their workshop session to be presented the next day. Across the table is the web site construction centre.    A look out the window of the speaker lounge in the hotel at the torrential downpour.
Click to see a larger version...   A couple of hours later, Richard is still in the speaker lounge, but ready for his session... and a look out the window shows that Sydney's weather has undergone a radical transformation.

And then it was time to do a couple of presentations, with a lunch break in between. The sessions this conference were on SQL Server and OLAP Server.

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Richard looking casual, doing introductions at the beginning of the session.    When gesticulation becomes a visual aid...
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More gesticulation, because the audience loves it (and Richard can't do talks any other way).    A shot of the pivot table demonstrated in the OLAP Server.
Click to see a larger version...   Turning the camera around, you can see the audience just leaving from the OLAP Server session - not a huge crowd. In the foreground on the right side is Peter, who took the pictures of Richard during his session.

After the last session of the day there is a post-conference keynote, including a prize giveaway.

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Mitch thanks everyone for attending, and doesn't turn things over to Doug Yoder this time, but does the gift giveaway himself.    One of the gifts delivered to an attendee by David from Informant.
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Many of the speakers stood at the back of the room, including Doug Yoder, John Durant and Don Keily.    Post-post-conference keynote, a huddle outside the room plans for the evening's festivities, from left-to-right: Adam, Anna, Brian.
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The other half of the huddle: Erik, Tom, Peter and Ken.    In an effort to grab some bandwidth, Richard, Tom and Adam head to the central connection point in the Informant logistics room.

There wasn't much planning to do for the evening festivities - some months before, Peter Vogel had booked a dinner date for many of us at a very unusual restaurant called Tetsuyas. The menu is set, you have a choice of knowing about it in advance, or letting it be a surprise. There are FOURTEEN courses. Here's an attempt to list them:

  1. Lobster Mous with Soy Puree
  2. Capsicum Gaspatcho
  3. Assorted Exotic Sushi
  4. Trout
  5. Ravioli
  6. Scallops and Foie Gras
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  10. Baby Chicken
  11. Rare Venison
  12. Sweet Lentils and Cheese
  13. Granny Smith Apple Sherbet
  14. Egg White Merange and Sauce

As you can see, our memory of the event is already hazy - the dishes best remembered are the ones liked the least, oddly enough. Each offering was small, many were very tasty. A number of our party were a bit overwhelmed at the range of food, it was very fresh, and rarely cooked. 

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The dinner group walks from the hotel to the restaurant.    The entire dinner group half way through the meal, notice the slightly digestively shell shocked looks. The ravioli course is on the table.
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Adam stares in amazement at the bill.   Walking back to the hotel, we spot that bastion of civilization - a Starbucks.

The bill for this gastronomical experience was a bit shocking - around $190 Australian per person, which included corkage charges (we had to bring our own wine). The next night ten people would dine at a restaurant of Adam's choosing for the price of one at Tetsuyas.