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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 around … 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

The Travel Issue: Singapore Edition – And What I Learned in Asia

The final stop on The D&O Diary’s Asian Tour was the island city-state of Singapore. Located only about 60 miles north of the equator, Singapore is a sun-drenched commercial center that has managed despite its slight size to become one of the world’s wealthiest countries.   Prior to boarding my flight to Singapore, I purchased a bottle … Continue Reading

The Travel Issue: Hong Kong Edition

The D&O Diary’s Asian mission continued this week, with Hong Kong the next stop on the itinerary following Beijing. If Beijing is a Chinese city wearing a new Western-style business suit, then Hong Kong is a Western city with a Chinese heart.   Hong Kong is topographically complicated; it is divided by bays, harbors and … Continue Reading

The Travel Issue: Beijing Edition

The D&O Diary is on assignment in Asia this week, with a first stop in Beijing and with other Far Eastern stops scheduled after that. Even traveling “over the top,” Asia is very far away. When the flight progress monitor shows your plane traveling over Irkutsk and Ulan Bator, you know you are far from … Continue Reading

The Travel Issue: Dublin Edition

On first encounter, three impressions immediately emerge regarding the throngs of pedestrians walking along O’Connell Street, the main thoroughfare in Dublin’s central district: first, everyone is incredibly young; second, they are a surprisingly diverse crowd; and third, there are a hell of a lot of babies in strollers everywhere you look.   The D&O Diary was … Continue Reading

Lloyd’s and the London Market

The Lloyd’s Building, at 1 Lime Street in London, is the vital, dynamic heart of the London insurance market, as well as the historic center of the global insurance industry. The D&O Diary is on assignment in the U.K. this week, and one of the high points of the business itinerary was a tour of … Continue Reading

The Travel Issue: London Edition

The D&O Diary is on assignment in the British Isles this week, with the first stop on the itinerary in London. The London sojourn represented a return engagement to a familiar and favorite place, both for myself and for my 18 year-old son, who accompanied me.   Because we have seen most of the major … Continue Reading

The Hotel Issue

I inhabit a world in which hotels loom unfortunately large. During many work weeks, I spend more nights in hotels than at home. Many of these hotel nights involve nondescript rooms in cookie-cutter chain hotels. These chain hotels are neither good nor bad, merely boring. They are so lacking in distinctiveness that often I am … Continue Reading

The Travel Issue

The D&O Diary is on assignment in Europe this week. The first stop on the Continental itinerary was Amsterdam.I had never been to Amsterdam before, but I have traveled to Northern Europe quite a bit, so when I packed I made sure to load up on sweatshirts and a fleece. And an umbrella. As it … Continue Reading
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