This is Part Two  of  a long ‘perfect storm’ trip. Originally it was just a trip to the big European radio convention to speak.  Then research and strategic meetings were scheduled days before and after.  And then another big research meeting in Mexico.  So this trip is almost three weeks long.  It starts in Spain and then moves to Paris, Milan, Slovenia (I’ll explain in a later post) back to Paris, and on to Mexico.  

Milan

This is my third time speaking at Radio Days Europe.  It’s a big convention, much bigger than its US counterpart.  Usually I have between 500 and 800 people in my session and I am in the big room.  This time I think a had a little more than 500.  Designing these presentations is so stressful.  I get nervous, I worry that my material won’t be useful enough or relevant enough.

In this one, when I couldn’t find the right photographs to accompany my stories, examples, and main points, I decided to have them drawn.  When I couldn’t find anyone to draw them, I just drew them myself.

Flying to Milan from Paris.  My first time to Italy!  (European country #11 for this reporter).  Here are the Alps.

Flying to Milan from Paris. My first time to Italy! (European country #11 for this reporter). Here are the Alps.

On stage, telling the story of an exceptional room service guy and how he inspires me in radio and in my current work.  Note the hand drawn graphic.

On stage, telling the story of an exceptional room service guy and how he inspires me in radio and in my current work. Note the hand drawn graphic.

 

They're taking notes!  Much better than checking their watches!

They’re taking notes! Much better than checking their watches!

 

One of my hand drawn slides.  They actually got a lot of positive feedback.

One of my hand drawn slides. They actually got a lot of positive feedback.

 

Venice

Two days of walking, resting, eating, and drinking great coffee.

This is the prettiest place Ive ever seen.  I walked across the central city, stopping to have the occasional cappuccino along the way. But I could not imagine living here, having to deal with boats or walking for everything, rain or shine.

This is the prettiest city  Ive ever seen. I walked across the central city, about 7 miles, stopping to have the occasional cappuccino along the way. What fun!  But I could not imagine living here, having to depend on boats and walking for everything, rain or shine.

 

117 canals.  490 bridges, just in the historic center of the city.

117 canals. 490 bridges, just in the historic center of the city.

Tourists of Assisi.  Piazza de San Marco, Venice

Tourists of Assisi. Piazza de San Marco, Venice

"Signor Antonio!  Many a time and oft in the Rialto you have berated me..."  This is the Rialto from the Merchant of Venice!  And the actual Venice.

“Signor Antonio! Many a time and oft in the Rialto you have berated me…” This is the Rialto from the Merchant of Venice! And the actual Venice.

 

Insalata Caprese with very fresh mozzarella and tomatoes

Insalata Caprese with very fresh mozzarella and tomatoes

 

Wise guys. A Venice storefront.

Wise guys. A Venice storefront.