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TechDays Helsinki and Antwerp, with a hop through London

It has been a really long but enjoyable week of events and seeing our close friends in the UK. 

The trip started by heading to Helsinki via LHR.  Arriving later the next night, it was pretty much right into the hotel and a quick presentation, demo review before sleep.  Helsinki is 10 hours ahead of Seattle, so it was a really odd feeling. 

Helsinki was a fantastic event.  They had 1500 turn up, and had another 300 on the waiting list.  Great guys up there.  I had 2 sessions where I talked about the ‘Modern Client’ (Thick, thin, application and desktop virtualization and VDI) as well as a deeper technical dive on App virt.    The sessions went very well, with each having almost 500 in the room.  Speaking English to Finns makes for almost zero questions, but some polite applause :).  I also participated in a Desktop Virt session, but the speaker was Finnish, and told them at the beginning (in Finnish) that I was there for the tough questions.  All I heard as i sat in the front row was ‘tuk, yolk, schnappshell guir-del hoffen  JEFF WETTLAUFER’ .  Totally hilarious.  We wrapped the day with a ‘Virtualization BBQ’ that was a chalk talk full of beers.  Apparently the Finns like their beer, just don’t ask them about the Swedes.

It was freezing (-15C), but i got a sneak shopping walk about around downtown Helsinki.  Really tiny place actually.  Sat AM I was up bright and early to get a flight back to London, where it was LHR to Putney.  Dropped bags at hotel and walked via Starbucks on Putney High street to Vesta.  It was the Womens head, so it was packed with boats launching.  I met Barry there and at 1030 we had a Guinness.  We hung there and watched the boats come down the course., and then headed over to Twickenham for the Quin’s rugby game.  Great afternoon with lots of sun, a perfect come from behind win and back to Vesta.  By thhis time the lag was hitting and i was starting to shut down.  1 more Guinness at Vesta and it was time to sleep.

Sunday was another social mania day.  I was up and at Chris and Sara’s for coffee, and I got a chance to meet Eleanor their 8mos old daughter.  Gorgeous little girl.  From there, it was off to Putney and an afternoon with Barry and Lisa and Aoefe, for a Sunday Roast.  Just so awesome seeing those guys.  Then, an evening with Pauly B to have a quiet few pints at the Dukes Head and a pub dinner. 

Monday was a social day, we had planned some customer visits but nothing ended up being confirmed.  So, it was Imperial War Museum , Jermyn Street, Oxford Street and Carnaby Street, before a lap around Piccadilly circus and home.  Another highlight was then having a fantastic curry dinner with Rachel and Duncan, catching up with them was so much fun.



Tuesday AM was off to Belgium.  Into Brussels and then onto Antwerp.  An absolutely amazing city, with plenty of gorgeous architecture. 

That evening we met the Belgian System Center User Group in possibly the coolest restaurant I have ever seen.  The Het Pomphuis (Pumphouse) was a proper dockyard structure that was used to drain the dock to make a service bay for the ships. 

Victorian metal, massive structure, and decorated to VERY high end classy architecture.  We had amazing fish dinner and conversation with the guys.  It was then into session presentations as well as a run over to Brussels for a 4 hour presentation to the Belgian Post.


Belgian Beers Enjoyed on the trip so far: Duval, Orval, Trappist (Trippel)

Checked in online for my flight home tomorrow, cannot wait to see the little guy and of course Daphers…….

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