Call me Phileas

Next week I’m setting off on a real round-the-world trip. Sadly, Passepartout won’t be accompanying me…

The main purpose of this odyssey is to give a couple of talks at the GOVIS 2007 conference in Wellington, New Zealand – something I’m really looking forward to: they also have some good speakers.

But since NZ is diametrically opposite us on the globe, it doesn’t make much sense to go there without doing a stopover or two on the way, especially since it doesn’t cost any more to do so. Some of these stops are for business, some for pleasure, and some of necessity to connect the others.

If this sounds exotic, let me temper it by pointing out that over a three-and-a-half week period I’ll be making nine flights, four of which will be over 9 hours. Or, to put it another way, I’ll be averaging just over 16.5 hours per week in an economy seat…

OK… I guess I didn’t really expect too much sympathy.

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