Conference Notes

Leaving Norway; London for the Weekend

I have been in Norway over the past five days, and am now awaiting a plane out of here (it’s still some hours away, however). I arrived in Norway early evening on Saturday (after flying in from New Zealand), tried to get into the Norway time zone on Sunday, and then presented three workshops from Monday to Wednesday at Rosenholm. Many thanks to IBSG for inviting me to come to Norway, and to IBM Norway for providing space at the Rosenholm Campus for the three workshops.

A couple of observations on my visit to Norway:

1. I should have checked whether my hotel for Sunday night offered dinner on site. I discovered at 5.55pm that it didn’t, and there were no other places to eat nearby. Thankfully I had five pieces of chocolate in my room. It was not a “normal” dinner, to say the least.

2. It was good to stay near to the workshop location, which enabled me to walk up each morning and get set up for the day. Some of the delegates chose to stay in Oslo and brought the train down each morning, and while that could have worked for me too, I preferred being close by.

3. Drivers are very courteous on the road. I was a good 3 metres away from a pedestrian crossing and a driver stopped. It was a notable occurrence, which must say something about the drivers I normally encounter when I’m crossing the road back home.

4. My jet lag has been worse than normal on this trip. Getting 3-4 hours of sleep at night – and then lying awake for hours – is not particularly helpful when you have to talk / present / facilitate all day. I’m hoping that a quiet weekend in London will make a difference, and knock me into shape for better sleep next week during week 2 of the tour.

5. I brought my running gear to Europe for the first time. I have squeezed in three runs in five days, and am hoping for more opportunities to run during the weekend in London.

6. The driving tunnel under Oslo is very cool, and a great way of reducing congestion in Oslo’s streets. What a marvel of engineering.

7. The iPad was the most common tablet in the workshops. However, one participant on Wednesday had a Surface Pro 1. I asked her what she thought of it. Immediately she said, “I love it.” As to why, she said it was the availability of the full Microsoft Office suite. She had switched from an iPad.

Thanks to everyone who has made my visit here possible. Now onto London, and then Denmark and Switzerland next week.

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