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São Paulo Scenes

The D&O Diary was on assignment in São Paulo last week, for meetings and for a little bit of a look around. I had never before been to Brazil, or for that matter, to South America. São Paulo turned out to be a bit of a revelation. For one thing, São Paulo, the financial capital … Continue Reading

Paris Arts Review

The D&O Diary rounded out its European visit last week with a quick weekend visit to Paris. In addition to rendezvous with friends and family, the stopover included several long walks, two encounters with the Parisian contemporary art museum scene, and one extraordinary meal.   The best of the weekend’s walks was an energetic march … Continue Reading

Notes from the London Underground

The D&O Diary was in London this week for meetings and a couple of industry events. Though my schedule on this visit was full, I did have a little time between meetings for a bit of touristing. I have been to London many times before, but I always try to make a little time to walk … Continue Reading

The New Zealand Edition

The D&O Diary continued its South Pacific sojourn over the weekend with a short stop in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, for meetings and for a brief look around. Auckland is located on New Zealand’s North Island, about a three-hour plane flight from Sydney. Because Auckland is located just inside the International Date Line, every … Continue Reading

The D&O Diary Goes Down Under

The D&O Diary is on assignment in Australia this week. Here’s what you need to know about Sydney in late February – if you traverse the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, fly across the Equator and the International Date Line, and then finally arrive Down Under, when you get there, it is summer. Warm, … Continue Reading

Germany in January

The D&O Diary was on assignment in Germany this past week, with stops for meetings in Cologne and for a conference in Frankfurt. January, it turns out, is a less than optimal month in which to visit Northern Europe. The conditions are generally cold, grey and dark. When composing their timeless folk tales the Brothers … Continue Reading

Paris Notes

The D&O Diary is on assignment in Europe this week, with the first stop this past weekend in Paris for a field inspection of our junior-year study-abroad student’s scholarly and living arrangements. Our short weekend visit in the middle of rainy November, involving a variety of personal obligations and commitments, afforded only brief opportunities to … Continue Reading

PLUS London Symposium Notes

I was fortunate this past week to be a part of the very successful Regional Professional Liability Symposium of the Professional Liability Underwriting  Society (PLUS) in London. About 180 people attended the sold out event, which featured a key note address from David Bermingham, one of the NatWest Three. The event was both well-attended and … Continue Reading

The Travel Issue: Edinburgh Edition

The D&O Diary is on assignment in the United Kingdom this week, with the first stop in the venerable city of Edinburgh, for meetings and an event. Due to flight delays, cancellations and missed connections, my visit to Scotland’s capital city was cut short by a day, which compressed both my meetings and my opportunity … Continue Reading

The Travel Issue: Mumbai Edition

The D&O Diary’s Asian tour continued last week with a stop in Mumbai, India’s most populous city and the country’s financial and commercial capital. I travelled to Mumbai for business meetings and for an industry event, as described below, but while there I also had a chance to encounter one of the world’s most distinctive … Continue Reading

The Travel Issue: Singapore (Second Edition)

The D&O Diary is on assignment in Asia this week, with the first stop in Singapore. I was very happy to be in Singapore this past week and not just because the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) Regional Professional Liability Symposium I attended there was so very successful, as described below. I was glad to … Continue Reading

The Travel Issue: Stockholm Edition

The D&O Diary’s European mission continued last week with a stop for meetings in Stockholm, Sweden’s beautiful capital city and the largest city in Scandinavia. I know from experience that the weather in Europe in March can either be great or it can be awful. Just the same, I couldn’t have predicted the weather in … Continue Reading

The Travel Issue: Copenhagen Edition

The D&O Diary is on assignment in Europe this week, with the first stop in the Danish capital city of Copenhagen, for meetings there. Copenhagen has a population of about 1.2 million spread across its many neighborhoods and boroughs but perhaps owing to the height restriction on its buildings, the city feels much smaller, even cozy. … Continue Reading

The Travel Issue: Paris Edition

The D&O Diary is on assignment in Europe this week. In an abrupt and vivid scene change, I left the PLUS International Conference in Orlando last week and flew straight to Paris, to attend a conference of the International Association of Claims Professionals last Thursday and Friday.   My prior visits to Paris have all … Continue Reading

The Travel Issue: Zürich Edition

The D&O Diary’s European itinerary continued this week in Zürich, Switzerland, where I travelled for meetings and to attend the inaugural continental European educational event of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS). Zürich is a picturesque city in a beautiful setting, but the grey skies and cool temperatures while I was there came as something of … Continue Reading

The Travel Issue: Lisbon Edition

The D&O Diary is on assignment in Europe this week, with the first stop along the way in the beautiful, historic and sun-drenched city of Lisbon, or as the natives say, Lisboa.   Lisbon is the westernmost capital city in Europe, with a population of about 550,000 in the city proper, and a total of … Continue Reading

The Hotel Issue (Second Edition)

Travel has a definite allure. The opportunity to break from the routine and to experience something new offers the perfect antidote to the tedium of everyday life.   But travel also entails its own set of concerns and constraints. Flight delays, lost baggage and foul weather can quickly turn an alluring adventure into a travel … Continue Reading

The Travel Issue: Madrid Edition

The D&O Diary’s European sojourn concluded with a brief stop earlier this week for business meetings in Madrid. I had never been to Madrid before. Like many Americans, I have a deep attachment to Paris, a city I have visited many times and for which I have an abiding affection. However, after my visit to … Continue Reading

The Travel issue: Barcelona Edition

The D&O Diary is on assignment in Europe this week. The first stop was in Barcelona, where I was a speaker at an annual industry event hosted by my good friends at HCC Global. The education session was a success. As for Barcelona itself … what can you say about a city that has a … Continue Reading

The Travel Issue: Greater Britain Edition

The Norman keep of the Cardiff Castle certainly looks forbidding enough in the accompanying picture, but the photo alone cannot convey the sheer brutality of the gale force winds, freezing temperatures and driving snow squalls that accompanied The D&O Diary’s recent visit to Wales. According to the somewhat dramatic local press coverage, the winds blowing … Continue Reading

The Travel Issue: Berlin Edition

The D&O Diary’s European itinerary continued this past weekend with a brief visit to Berlin, Germany’s capital and largest city. With a population of about 3.4 million within its city limits, Berlin is nearly as large as Los Angeles. It is, these days, a lively and dynamic city. It is also in many ways a … Continue Reading

The Travel Issue: Munich Edition

The D&O Diary was on assignment in Europe this past week, with the first stop in Munich for a series of meetings with my friends at Munich Re and their global insurance company clients. My visit to Munich not only coincided with Oktoberfest, but also with the Day of German Unity (Tag der Deutschen Einheit), … Continue Reading

Summer Time

One of the many gifts my wife brought to our marriage was a generations-long family tradition of spending summers in Pentwater, Michigan. If I were, like a true Michigander, to hold up the back of my left hand as a map of Michigan’s mitten-shaped lower peninsula, I would point to the outside knuckle at the … Continue Reading
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