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Rome

St. Peters Square
The Colosseum
Mr. Anderson statue 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

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.

Pompeii

Pompeii

Pompeii

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).

All the Pics

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