| On The Road Again
Over the next several months, the letter from New York will
originate from a number of surprising places. Im not
even sure what all of them will be. Recently my company was
engaged for a four month consulting engagement by Animal Planet
Last week, we determined I would travel to at least the following
places: Canada, Mexico, Columbia or Argentina, Miami, London,
Poland, India, Singapore and Taiwan.
Its back to the old international road I have traveled
other times in my life. In my heart I hear the siren song
of distant places, the lure of exotic smells and visions,
the excitement of meeting new people and drinking in new experiences.
Coupled with this is the opportunity in places like Delhi
to see if I can connect with old friends like Kiran Karnik,
who used to run Discovery there and is now a player in the
India Software Association which makes him an important
man not only in India but in every country that relies upon
India for outsourced software services.
In between we will spend some vacation time on Santorini and
Corsica before flying back to Paris to catch a plane for New
York for Tripp and to
This summer I will likely see less than I want of the house
on the creek and more of airports than I thought I would ever
The engagement is intellectually exciting and I am finding
myself both mentally and physically stimulated by the challenges.
I find myself feeling a little daunted by the physical challenge
of traveling to so many places while challenged on a business
level by finding ways to keep other aspects of my business
running while I globe trot.
During the globe trotting period, I have put a colleague
on retainer to handle many of the core tasks of my business.
We are physically moving out of the Battery Park City apartment
to a Midtown West location [read: the old Hells Kitchen
now called Clinton to tony up the area] so we
are putting the pedal to the metal to get everything accomplished
prior to my departure for the four corners of the globe
as certainly I feel thats where I am headed.
It will be exciting to see some of these places for the first
time and to revisit others. Ive lost count of the number
of times I have been in London but I have not been there in
this new age in which we live. Ive never even thought
of going to Poland. I will have a chance to explore Singapore
more and to experience Taiwan, bound to be a central player
in some diplomatic adventure within the next few years.
While I find it especially daunting to think of visiting
India in the Monsoon season it was 122 degrees there
last week, I find it exciting to see the social changes I
have been told that have manifested themselves in the last
Toronto promises a great opportunity to revisit one of my
favorite cities on earth while I have never experienced Mexico
City in any season. Now if I had a choice between Columbia
and Argentina, I would take Argentina Ive always
wanted some Argentine beef with their famous reds.
So over the next months you will experience some of these
places with me as I will do my best to keep up my weekly narrative
from here and there. I look forward to this intense period
of travel with a mixture of glee, trepidation, excitement,
anticipation, and a sense of wonder.
Our world is a wonderful though confusing place and I will
have to become flexible again to the max as many of the elements
of travel are out of our control just like now, writing
this as I wait for a much delayed flight back to New York.