Sunday, January 25, 2009

Weekend in Stuttgart / Esslingen

My final weekend in Europe as my project has come to a close. I felt it was poetic to spend my last weekend in Germany as the only other time I had done that was my first weekend in Europe which is now over 10 months ago. The weekend was low key and very cold. Basically spent it taking in the Christmas fesitivals all over Stuttgart and Esslingen, which is a neighboring town only 20 minutes away.
Aside from that, I did run into a bunch of Stuttgart soccer players who were staying in my hotel the weekend they played Bayern Munich. Huge game with lots of excitment in the air. Very fun to see people's expressions as they run into these players in the hotel. Most of them are in absolute awe. Below are some photos from the weekend of December 12th, 2008:

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Rothenberg -- A Portal to Old Bavaria

Photos from a nice team event in Rothenberg, Germany. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia), the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany, well known for its well-preserved medieval old town, a destination for tourists from around the world. In the Middle Ages, it was an Imperial Free City. A significant fraction of Rothenburg is carfree.
A few hours of siteseeing and an evening of medieval dining really capped things off. Photos taken on June 10, 2008:

Slideshow (click to view full photo gallery):

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Mercedes Benz Factory Tour in Sindelfingen, Germany

I was fortunate enough to join a team event where we attended the Mercedes Benz two hour factory tour, at the European Delivery Center in Sindelfingen, Germany. I felt privileged to have a first hand look at Mercedes meticulous assembly processes, from start to finish. C-Class and S-Class. I was especially impressed with the large number of robots used in the early stages of the line. Not to mention the speed and harmony in which they operated between themselves. These machines almost appeared to be alive....Creepy, I know.

Anyway, here's a nice photo of some colleagues in the souvenir center just before we started our tour. Photo was taken on June 3, 2008:

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Guten Tag From Germany

I’m currently typing up this posting while I travel at 38,000 feet…It appears that I’m now at the center point between Frankfurt and JFK airport, directly over the Atlantic Ocean. This is the tail-end of my third week in Stuttgart for what has thus far been an exciting and challenging engagement. I’m sure there’s plenty more where that came from. Anyway…I wanted to take a moment to commemorate and share some of the non work related activities I’ve managed to squeeze in here during my short time.

Hope you enjoy! Also, t
he following photos were taken on the weekend of February 8th in Stuttgart, Germany.

Beautiful day in the park. Check out the size of that swan! :

Now this was interesting. It was probably the most intense game of Bocci I’ve ever seen. Located in a beautiful park directly across my hotel. Very competitive and angry old men. Good times... :

Chess pieces that require two hands to move them...You got to love that! Also enjoyed by competitive and angry old men. :

More of the park. I believe that’s some sort of museum, straight ahead. :

This is the Slozzplatz or town center. Very beautiful. Lots of energy. :

Museum courtyard in Stuttgart. I have no idea who the statue (Yes...I'm quite the historian aren't I) is of but I thought it looked cool. :

Interior of a beautiful Roman Catholic Church in Stuttgart. Very modern. Check out those pipes! :

Daimler Stadium. Picture does not do it justice, but trust me…It’s massive. :

Mercedes Benz Museum. It’s easily one of the most impressive pieces of modern architecture I’ve seen. It recently won some prestigious German architecture award. :

This picture is dedicated to my girlfriend’s brother (Joey) who is a big Formula 1 fan. Granted his a Ferrari fan but I’m sure he’ll appreciate it just the same. :

Just a crazy looking vehicle built in 1939. It’s main purpose as you might of guessed was to go fast. Really fast! 373MPH fast! Crazy. :

My new ride. Yes…It’s a McLaren SLR. :

I'd like to offer up a special thanks to a colleague of mine who kept me occupied most of the weekend with a slue of fun activities. Including Geocaching of all things. He even took me out to a nice restaurant for my first birthday away from home. Thanks Marty.

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