Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Halfway there...

I’m halfway through a week of 5 days of non-stop talking. Exactly halfway. One more half day in Copenhagen, then two in Sweden. Definitely looking forward to the weekend.

It is amazing how physically draining talking all day can be. At the end of the day – I am very much finished. The group has been great so far – lots of questions, which I enjoy the most. If I talk for an hour and get no questions – I start to get nervous. Maybe I’m not making sense, maybe it is not interesting, …. Getting lots of good interaction though, which is good.

I can say – if you ever come to Denmark, the food is great. I have not had a bad meal yet. Monday evening Mogens took me out to a restaurant that likes to serve lots of small plates – to give you a taste of many things. We had rabbit, fish, deer and more – but desert was best – 4 cheeses with a specially picked small taste of rum to go with each (4 cheeses, 4 rums). That is my kind of desert.

Last night – they did a dinner for the seminar attendees. That was surprisingly good for a “large dinner”. Sometimes that food isn’t the best – but in this case, it was well done. I have noticed it takes much longer to eat over here than back home – the average dinner so far has been some 3 hours long. But all have been good.

I have decided that I must visit the Vasa Museum in Sweden. The suggestions I received about what to do overwhelmingly said “go there” – so I shall. For $10, it looks like a bargin. Looking forward to it…

Now to just finish the next 2.5 days…

Oh, and thanks for all of the feedback on "Probably". We have been using that as a joke phrase all week now - I've had many discussions out the use of that word in the advertisting. Mogens Nørgaard believes it has to do with the law of Jante as much as anything else (marketing rules in Europe and all). It has made for some interesting discussions online and offline however - never thought it would be so controversial, that is for sure!


Blogger Rachel said....

I like that law...

I'm weighing in late here but I agree that visiting the Vasa museum is a must. And if you can manage a little of Old Town, do it. All walking (to work off some of those lengthy meals), interesting architecture.
Definitely fun to visit.

Wed Oct 26, 07:27:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Patrick Hurley said....

You should enjoy the Vasa museum. As I walked around a few years ago and read the history of the ship's construction and its failure, I found it all strikingly reminiscent of a typical, large-scale software development project. It seems we have learned very little in 400 years, despite how clever we think we've become.

Wed Oct 26, 07:32:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Bet you can't wait to enjoy the culinary delights of Birmingham Tom! :)

To be fair, the Midlands have some of the very best Indian restaurants in the UK. Hope you like your curry hot!

Guy (UK)

Wed Oct 26, 07:41:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anthony Wilson said....

I strongly concur with your comments on the culinary delights of Denmark. I didn't have a bad meal the whole time I was there (of course, having relatives-in-law there who are professional Danish chefs may help!).

They really know how to enjoy their food and drink, I have some fine memories of summer evenings at Nyhavn.

And -- at the risk of offending any Norwegians who may read this -- yes, Denmark has the finest strawberries, bar none.

Wed Oct 26, 08:30:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Noons said....

(And -- at the risk of offending any Norwegians who may read this -- yes, Denmark has the finest strawberries, bar none.)

Dunno about the Nords but the best smoked salmon EVER in my life was just outside Hesslaholm in Southern Sweden back in the early 90s, when I paid my relatives there a visit. Absolutely divine!

Wed Oct 26, 08:48:00 AM EDT  

Blogger kevin loney said....

If you're into history, theology, or philosophy, go to the Copenhagen City Museum and visit the Kierkegaard display. It's short, it's quick, and they have (or had, at least) a cool display of the city in the front yard as well. Kierkegaard is buried out in the western part of the city; that was an interesting visit as well because they treat their gravesites differently there; his had a rose bush growing over it, the one near it had a fruit tree planted right over it.

I was struck by the number of beautiful blonde girls in Copenhagen who dyed their hair a garish red.

Skip the mermaid.

Oh, one more thing to squeeze in in Copenhagen if it's not too late - go to the resistance musuem. I think it's up toward the citadel. They have hour-long tours in English that take you through the exhibits, and they have the letters from the WWII resistance fighters.

Wed Oct 26, 09:59:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Vasa in Stockholm:
To see this old galleon close up almost in its entirety as it was made hundreds of years ago is incredible. It is like stepping back in time. This is a superb museum and a credit to Stockholm. Go see it - you won't be disappointed. This is a great place, everyone that comes to stockholm should visit this museum because it´s very special and beautiful and one can learn a great deal about sweden and swedes when he sees it...interesting look at swedish history--hard to get good photos

Wed Oct 26, 11:40:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

What todo in Copenhagen:
2.Glyptoteket-Contemporary Art
6.Vor Frue Kirke-Attractions
7.Statens Museum for Kunst
8.Louis Tussauds Voksmuseum
9.Krasnapolsky-Contemporary Art
10.Ripley's Believe It Or Not

Where to eat:
2.Slotskælderen-hos Gitte Kik
3.Nyhavn 17
4.Indian Taj-Indian
5.La Vecchia Signora-Italian
7.Peder Oxe-Contemporary
8.Khun Juk Oriental-Thai
9.Søren K-Contemporary

Wed Oct 26, 11:46:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Tom, I hope you're staying at the
Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, it's the best!

Wed Oct 26, 11:53:00 AM EDT  

Blogger DaPi said....

"I found it all strikingly reminiscent of a typical, large-scale software development project"

Exactly! Tom Love uses it as an example in his book Object Lessons

Wed Oct 26, 12:12:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

The Vasa was an interesting project:
In 1628, the Royal Swedish Navy launched the Vasa.
After sailing only about 1,300 meters, it sank. The authors review the project’s problems, including why the ship was unstable and why it was still launched. They interpret the case in terms of today’s large, complex software projects and present some antidotes.


Wed Oct 26, 12:46:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Everyone who works in the software profession should read the article linked just above. Its the best software project management article I have ever seen.

Wed Oct 26, 02:37:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

Project Vasa:

If it compiles ... SHIP it ;)

Wed Oct 26, 04:13:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous joao said....

It looks like you need a few more weeks to see all of the attractions!

I'll be interested to hear how Belfast is...


Wed Oct 26, 04:14:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous JAZ said....

Slightly off topic, but really cool pix of airplane contrails over the US. Tom, all of your travel is contributing to changing the world's climate! :)
See this URL:

Thu Oct 27, 01:03:00 AM EDT  

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