The Liberty Alliance
held its spring plenary meeting in Rome, Italy. Conor and a number of
his colleagues from the alliance did some touristing around the
meetings (yeah, we really did do some work while we were there -- at least
I keep telling my wife that :-)).
The first things to hit for a tourist were, of course, the sights in
downtown Rome including the Vatican, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum.
Of special note on this trip was the fact that you had to keep your
guard up at every step, from when you get off the plane (taxi drivers
in the official taxi line tried to rip us off with an overchanged
70 euro fare "for everything" when the real fare turned out to be 42 euro),
to traveling on the subway (two young girls (probably 17-18, one of them
pregnant) worked as a team to distract me and reach into
my front pockets, but I caught her hands and yelled at her -- then
they left me alone.
The Roman Forum
The Roman Forum deserves special mention and lots of photograps... The
things that remain and the things that have fallen are quite amazing. Perhaps
one of the most amazing things is how far the voice of Conor was able to
carry when he yelled for some of our colleagues who had gotten separated from
the group ;-). It was also interesting how many of his remaining colleagues
tried to appear as if they were in a different group at that time.
On the Friday after the meetings, four technogeeks (Peter, Paul, Steve
and Conor) set out on a trip to visit the once-covered-by-volcanic-ash
remains of the city of
Pompeii. If you've
never done it, you should take a trip with a bunch of geeks sometime... The
conversations can be quite strange.
As you can see form the picture to the right, they were well worn down
after a day walking through the ruins (you can even see the exhausted
paul in the reflection of the train window).
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