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Mar 02, 2006: Two days in Sydney

WARNING: narcissism ahead

Just got back last night from Sydney, where I taught my EIA seminar. I spent about 50 hours there in total, bookended by a pair of 24 hour air odysseys that included stops in Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles. Why would I do such a silly thing? Well, eight months ago, when I agreed to come, a short trip sounded like an adventure (although, at the time, I didn't realized family commitments would further shorten my stay). Once you're sitting on the plane, though, the adventure sheds its mask to reveal the face of abject misguided stupidity. Mea culpa, back, butt and other parts that are worse for the wear. And thumbs-down to United Airlines for delivering my luggage two days late, literally five minutes before I had to catch my flight back home.

But Sydney, was a great city! I've been twice now, for a total of about five days, three of which were taken up by day-long seminars, yet it leaves a great impression. Apparently I'm not the only outsider to be so impressed; my hosts from Key Forums, Louise Badcock and Helen Hassan, are both transplanted Brits, and my breakfast date, Hurol Inan, who's also publishing a book on search analytics, comes from Turkey. Of course the locals were wonderful too. It was great to catch up with Eric Scheid, of IAwiki fame, who's making a go of it with his new IA consulting firm, Ironclad. And fantastic to see Donna Maurer and meet her husband Tony and daughter Amber, who marched me up and down Bondi Beach to keep me awake my first day. My only disappointment was that James Robertson of StepTwo managed to be out of the country while I was in-country.

Sydney, wonderful place to visit, and apparently to live and work in our industry. Got to figure out a way to spend more time there next time.

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Comment: Anna Gifford (Mar 6, 2006)

Well, we were so glad you made the long haul out to see us (though we agree you are mad to just come out for two days!). Thanks for a wonderful seminar, my colleague Kate and I got on the plane back to Melbourne with our minds a-fizz on what to explore further first. The IA space is still just starting to kick off in Australia compared to other places, so for me the chance to interact with others in the field face to face was incredibly valuable. Hope we get to see you over this side of the planet again soon.

Comment: Lou (Mar 6, 2006)

Thanks Anna; I'll try to make it back next year!

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