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Visting Prague, Czech Republic

Visting Prague, Czech Republic

Hlavní město Praha, the Capital City of Prague, is the largest city in the Czech Republic.
Situated on the Vltava (or in German, die Moldau), the longest river in the country, the city, known as Prag in German, is the political, cultural, and economic center of the Czech state and has a population of 1.2 million. Its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of ca. 1.9 million.
The Moldau, a …

Carbon-Neutral Business Travel

Carbon-Neutral Business Travel

Business travelers have long known that travel takes its toll on body and soul.  But the toll it takes on our planet is rarely considered.  Every step of a business trip has an impact on the environment.  How much varies based on choices made, miles or kilometers flown or traveled, food consumed, and items purchased.  You may think this all beyond your control but the extent to which you can …

Extreme Road Warrior Part III

Extreme Road Warrior Part III

16 days later, I’m back.  (See Part I as well.)   I found a few things rather useful for those traveling on business and wanted to share these with you.

Skype Pro
Skype Pro is a relatively new offering that costs only $3 per month but offers many features particularly useful to the road warrior.  Most notable is the international traveler calling plan.  Users pay no per minute charges for calls to …

Extreme Road Warrior Part II: The First BMW Welt Delivery

Extreme Road Warrior Part II: The First BMW Welt Delivery

The challenge: fly 6000 kilometers, pick up two cars, drive almost 4000 kilometers, stay at seven different hotels, attend two all-day events, nine meetings, and five dinner meetings, and fly back.
The beginning of article comes to you from Brugge, Belgium, at least that’s where I think I am.
On October 15, I found myself on Lufthansa Flight 411 to Munich, arriving in time for the October 17 opening of the …

Extreme Road Warrior

Extreme Road Warrior

I’m writing this from Hamburg, at least I think that’s where I am.  Sometimes trips can be just plain boring.  This one was most decidedly not.  In a 16 day whirlwind tour I would stay in seven hotels and would span 9 cities to cover, however briefly: Munich, Vienna, Munich (again), Hamburg, Flensburg, Sønderborg, Brugge, Düsseldorf, Bremen, and Bremerhaven.  Countries: Denmark, Germany, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.
Normally my trips last …

BMW’s Brave New World

BMW’s Brave New World

Visitors to Munich have always thought of the city as a kind of BMW world.  Not only is the automaker headquartered there, but the cars themselves are as ubiquitous as the beer and are even used as police cars and taxis.
As a company, BMW has always presented a distinctive image, from its logo, a stylized spinning propeller against a blue sky, to its buildings, which include the Vierzylinder (Four Cylinder) …

Beijing Journal Part II

As I am settling in Beijing, I am adjusting to some of the quirks and inconveniences of being a non-Chinese-speaking/reading visitor.  For example, when someone tries to text message me, the phone naturally displays it in Chinese characters.  Or when I try to pay for Skype through a credit card instead of PayPal, it takes over 48 hours to get card approval.  Though minor inconveniences, these setbacks could be annoying …