Poor drivers should be shot

Or so. Revved up my car this morning to faithfully do my 85 kilometer to the office. Sun was shining, eastern holidays… all moms and dads are recovering somewhere on a trendy ski-slope from too much chocolate bunnies. So I should have had an easy, fluid, quick, refreshing drive. Forget it. There was quicker movement …

The red Moon of Fairyland

On Thursday morning, around five o’ clock, I was freezing my butt off in the garden, happily enjoying a double espresso, and watching a spectacular moon eclipse. Only me, some fireflies, twinkling stars and a slowly hiding moon. A moment of awe and nostalgia.   Sipping my caffeine I saw the Moon enter te penumbra,  the …

Thunder Down Under

Sagrada Familia Ai ai

From my room here in Barcelona, I do have a splendid view on what one day should become the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. Well, if they ever stop building the thing that is. In 1884 Antoni Plàcid Guillem Gaudí i Cornet, the architect who dreamed it up, finished the crypt. Since then a lot of work …

S(h)ave your food

I have to admit: my Spanish is painfully close to nonexistent.  Si.  Luckily, with some French; English and expressive mimicking, you go a long way. Restaurants are usually no problem. In Barcelona, most of the time, you can happily point at the picture of the food you like. And it will show up on your …

Las Vegas by night: sparkling

Ok, I said Vegas was ugly. Trust me: it is. Concrete, glass, lots of plastic and no coherent styling whatsoever. A cacophony of influences. Bad copies of classical buildings from Venice, Luxor, Paris, Shanghai, Monte Carlo, New York. But, by miracle, @ night Lady Vegas becomes all shiny and attractive. Millions of lights put even …

The way to Avalon…

Often, @ night, when I am far away, I like to escape, and hunt for a place where I can see the stars. I need to reach out, to see the sky, to see the twinkling of far away suns and galaxies. They make me feel calm, restful and at peace. Breathing the cold air, …

Ai ai Tiki Puka Puka

One of the advantages of being a communication consultant with too many stamps in my passport is that from time to time I get to taste a delicious cocktail that they just do not mix at home. The most dangerous one is the Tiki Puka Puka.  As everyone knows, Puka-Puka is a coral atoll a …

Some style in Vegas

I have to admit: Las Vegas is really ugly. Kitsch, bad taste, pastiche and some architects that obviously smoked the wrong pot after way too much frozen margaritas. Some of the buildings provoke vertigo, headaches, and schizophrenic reactions (but we are better now, thank you J) . However, some hotels do have something. My favorite …

CES Las Vegas

Well, there we go again. CES Vegas:  The International Consumer Electronics show. As a communication consultant heading up the technology practice, and having multiple clients and prospects exhibiting at this event, I have countless reasons to be here. The show kicks off today, so I’m in for queuing up at taxi lines, browsing the endless …