Friday, October 21, 2005

I'm off to Europe...

I’m off to Europe for the next two weeks. I like to travel really light – so this is all I’m taking for 16 days:
I usually get a funny look when I check in for a two week trip with carry on only luggage.

First stop – Copenhagen, Denmark. I’ll be spending the weekend there looking around and then doing a talk. The second half of the week I’ll be in Stockholm, Sweden doing the same thing. I plan on spending Saturday in Stockholm poking around and then traveling Sunday afternoon to Birmingham in the UK.

That will be to spend some time at the UKOUG – I’ve three talks set up and I’m rather excited about the Tuesday night talk. First – I get the entire crowd (well, everyone that shows up anyway) . Second, there is a mystery “guest speaker” after me (so, if they are famous, I’ll get to meet them – that and the mystery will draw more people). But the best part is – I might actually have a pretty cool topic to talk about. I’ve a talk prepared – but I might toss it all and just do a talk. I won’t know until that afternoon for sure.

After the UKOUG – I’ll be off to Dublin and Belfast in Ireland for the last two days of the week. Haven’t been to Belfast yet, looking forward to that. I’ve been to the rest of the cities on my itinerary before – but haven’t taken the time to look around enough – I plan on changing that this time.

Then, I’m on an early morning flight from Dublin to Heathrow – to do the 10mile run they have us do to make the connection and back home. I thought about staying a bit in Ireland – but the suitcase wouldn’t take one more thing (it is full). It would have exploded.

That – and I do miss certain people stateside when I’m gone so long – 16 days on the road is just about as long as I ever want to be on the road.

Good thing I only have to go to Edmonton Canada, San Francisco and Sacramento in California the week after I get back…


Anonymous Anonymous said....

Hi Tom,
When are you going to be in Sacramento? Is it a private visit?

Fri Oct 21, 01:07:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Jeff Hunter said....

a man not afraid to do laundry in a different country...I hope.

Fri Oct 21, 01:38:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Robert said....


That's the way I like to pack also.
Do you...

1. Wear the same stuff over and over?
2. Regularly wash your stuff?
3. Cram your stuff really tight into your suitcase?

Or a combination?



Fri Oct 21, 01:41:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

... When are you going to be in Sacramento? ....

Sacramento is a customer visit yes, will be working on site.

... a man not afraid to do laundry...

16 "underthings"
16 tshirts
16 pair socks
16 shirts
1 suit
2 pair pants

And the clothes on my back. That is what those little plastic bags in the hotels are for - plastic layers between clean/dirty :)

I have 4 layers packed in the suit case...

Fri Oct 21, 01:44:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

Just curious - ever been in Italy (Europe ;) ?

Fri Oct 21, 01:47:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

... Just curious - ever been in Italy ...

Venice and Rome - yes. When I went to Prague, my hosts asked me what the nicest city I've been to was and it was a toss up between those two.

Then, they said "well, by the end of the day it will be Prague, let's go" :)

(and they were, well, sort of right - it was a really nice place to see)

Fri Oct 21, 01:58:00 PM EDT  

Blogger scubajim said....

As Thoureau said "Man's luxuries are his hindrances." You won't be hindered!

When my wife and I went to Greece in the '80's for 3 weeks I said the rule was if you can't carry it and have a hand free then you have too much.(and you have to carry your own stuff)

When I travel with my children (ages 8 and 12) I make them pull their own carry ons and help with the checked luggage. (4 people 2 checked bags total, unless we are going someplace I can scuba dive then 3 checked bags)

Fri Oct 21, 02:04:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Mark said....

> 2 pair pants

Of course "pants" means something different in Britain. Still, I suppose you could turn them inside out, then wear them back to front, that'll get an extra four days out of them. After that, it's going "commando" I suppose...

Fri Oct 21, 02:53:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Have a good trip ;-)

Marco Gralike

Fri Oct 21, 02:54:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Niall said....


make sure I introduce you to Sparky (a work colleague). He hails from Belfast and, assuming he isn't gobsmacked to meet you, ought to have some clued in ideas about where, and indeed where not, to go.


Fri Oct 21, 03:10:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Lisa said....

So, you've packed...

16 "underthings"
16 tshirts
16 pair socks
16 shirts
1 suit
2 pair pants

What about shoes???
Are you only taking one pair??

Oh dear, the thought of a 16 day trip with only one pair of shoes doesn't bear thinking about!!
That would be my idea of a nightmare!
I think I need to lie down in a dark room now.

I am such a girl. :-)

Fri Oct 21, 03:20:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Scot said....

The other stuff, I understand; they are small. But I don't see how you can physically fit 16 outer shirts inside that bag. Maybe the picture doesn't do it justice and it is bigger than it looks to me.

And yes, it is a slow Friday afternoon.

Fri Oct 21, 03:32:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Tarry said....

No Holland this time? Aw C'mon Tom, I'm offering you my own handmade breakfast at my place if you drop by (and ask my Wife , I am good in scrambled eggs) :-)

Fri Oct 21, 03:36:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Niall said....


shoes. me, I think he's planning a Mogens. discard shoes to ensure no-one remembers what was said.

vi lad være hjælp skoene

online translation sorry you danes.

Fri Oct 21, 03:39:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Lisa said....

Yes, I'm sure there was some symbolism to it. I kept expecting him to say "we don't use shoes".

I just hope he doesn't decide to try and outdo himself this year!

Fri Oct 21, 04:03:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

Oh, Rome - I lived there for one year (I was drafted for a state-owned "camping resort" with a strict camouflage dressing code ;) - still remember the restaurants in Trastevere, best food&wine in the world - hope you didn't miss them ...

Fri Oct 21, 06:41:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous partha said....

The big bag is for your Laptop and the small one is for your clothes right? Looks kind of small though.

Fri Oct 21, 08:45:00 PM EDT  

Blogger GBA said....

Hi Tom, have you ever been in Southamerica?

I'm from Ecuador, you should come to visit Galapagos Islands.

Fri Oct 21, 09:02:00 PM EDT  

Blogger David Aldridge said....

>> ... still remember the restaurants in Trastevere, best food&wine in the world ... <<

If my mother-in-law catches us hanging wet towels or the like out of a window, it's "What!? You think you're in Trastevere!?"

And if you're lucky, the first time that your future parents-in-law take you and their daughter out to dinner it will be in Trastevere, and the dignity of your father-in-law will be punctured through him getting amusingly stuck in the restaurant lavatory for 20 minutes.

Ah, sweet memories.

Sat Oct 22, 01:14:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Øyvind, Oslo said....

Enjoy your trip, Stockholm and Copenhagen are really nice cities. I look forward to your next trip to Scandinavia, in December I presume; I have already signed up for your seminar in Oslo the 5th.

Sat Oct 22, 04:35:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Pete_S said....

Good thing I only have to go to Edmonton Canada, San Francisco and Sacramento in California the week after I get back…
Me thinks Edmonton may be a tad coller than SF

Sat Oct 22, 07:57:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Freek said....

When you are in Stockholm and have some time left, you could visit the Vasa museum. They have there an almost complete viking war ship, the Vasa. I was there last year and found it very impressive.
The Skansen open air museum is also very nice.

Sat Oct 22, 03:16:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Hey Tom,
just a point on the "bad" beer slogan - there was a campaign that went "Carlsberg- probably the best lager in the world" where the "probably" was emphasised in an ironic way. It worked for us in the UK - we do love our irony ;) ...
So it seems like a localised version of that slogan in your picture, which admittedly doesn't work too well. So there you go. Bet you can sleep better now.

Mon Oct 24, 10:23:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Roderick said....

Hi Tom,
Your next book should be on how to squeeze all that clothing into a small carry on. Even for a one week trip, I might have one quarter of what you pack yet it would require luggage twice as big and heavy. Hmmm.. maybe the trick is thinner garments? How about toiletries? :-)

Thu Oct 27, 09:42:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

How about toiletries? :-)

just a toothbrush, toothpaste and my razor - all very small :)

Fri Oct 28, 01:05:00 AM EDT  


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