A Travellerspoint blog

May 2017

Mexico and Brazil

After the Middle East trip we saw the Houston Grand Opera version of Götterdämmerung (Wagner) and then drove to Fort Worth for their version of Carmen (Bizet). Back to Houston for The Abduction from the Seraglio (Mozart). Great time for opera considering that we had just had a backstage tour and joined HGO as patrons.

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The Mexico trip was awesome as we spent time at UNAM, PEMEX and with the local SPE section. UNAM's Petrobowl team won the 2015 International contest and I had promised to visit. We also visited the Mexico City LDS temple briefly.

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We flew to Merida for more students and the LDS temple there. The next day we took some personal time and drove to Tulum and had dinner at Noma Mexico. We had previously eaten at Noma in Copenhagen when it was rated the number one restaurant in the world. Two of the Mexico City restaurants we had (in prior trips) enjoyed are now in the world's "top 15." Noma Mexico was an unbelievable treat and we managed to see the local ruins. The a quick drive to Carmen and a flight home. large_IMG_0933_1_.jpglarge_90_IMG_0944_1_.jpglarge_90_IMG_0949_1_.jpglarge_90_IMG_0934_1_.jpg

Not much time at home and then off to Brazil. I flew to Sao Paulo and drove to Campinas for a meeting with UNICAMP and then a quick flight to Rio. In Rio we met with the local SPE section, Petrobras, Young Professionals and at UFRJ, the 2016 Petrobowl champions! Nice lunch and meeting with local Baker Hughes leaders.

At UNICAMP there is the Fundação de Desenvolvimento da Unicamp or FUNCAMP. This does not seem as hilarious to the locals as it does to me.

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Great group at UNICAMP.

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Also toured a lot of labs. Just a few of those pics.

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At UFRJ we had a lot of enthusiasm. Three consecutive female SPE Chapter Presidents!

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It was back to Houston and a keynote speech at the Gulf Coast Section Awards banquet. large_DAto4KPXkAEjzdC.jpglarge_yu_li.jpg

Only a few more days and then off to Europe again.

Other Blogs

You can of course read about my barbecue at This site
My Baker Hughes reservoir blog is here.
My (old) blog detailing my 18 months in Hong Kong is here,

Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 13,015 miles. SPE travel to date 533,465 miles. Round trip earth to moon is 477,800 so almost back!

Countries to date (my counting rule is basically that I spent the night there with some sort of SPE content...not just went through the airport like New Zealand or Panama): 43
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Ireland
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Nigeria
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month =3 Operas to date = 77

Posted by fracmeister 09:41 Archived in Brunei Comments (0)

Middle East Again

Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia

Very excited to take this trip which might be the last Middle East trip of my SPE presidency. large_Screenshot..09_14_06_06.png

I began the trip with a very brief visit in Kuwait followed by a few days in Abu Dhabi. In addition to GCA business there we were able to attend Church on Friday. Jan joined me in Abu Dhabi having made a brief stop in Toronto to visit the LDS temple there.

Then it was off to Saudi Arabia. Jan had never been there and we were very happy she had this opportunity.

I was able to make a field trip to the amazing Abqaiq oil treating facility which handles crude oil from Ghawar field as well as a few others. It is the largest facility of its kind and able to handle 7 million BOPD. It's not permitted to photograph inside these facilities but I found these stock images online.
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We had a great lunch with old friends and new ones and then I traveled to the equally impressive Qurayyah sea water injection plant capable of handling 14 million BWPD. Climbing atop one of the massive above grade canals I was stunned by the scope of the operation and the amazing clarity of the water. The facility sits by gorgeous beaches and provides pressure support for the world's greatest oilfield. large_492FD820B5D2DC7F367A1176BDDCFD3F.jpg Again, internet image.

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Jan met with many of the Saudi ladies and greatly enjoyed herself.large_d4.jpglarge_492E3959E49F7BD63C0A9385C6F4FC85.jpg The conference was a big hit. We had dinner with 2019 SPE President Sami Al-Neaim and his wife. large_492ED045D2DC4C4D4287A5496C5B643C.jpglarge_4930D78BCDDED79784ED097AA8576D16.jpg

We participated in the cultural night activities which are always fun.large_d1.jpglarge_492D02E6E9FDF111EBA9A6833DF3BBC7.jpglarge_492C87290E419125C5F5896A49B3B077.jpg

On the way back we flew through Turkeylarge_492BD9169BBB0696317A2950EA3CB500.jpg to Atlanta (picture of the jimmy Carter museum) large_492B22DBD8AB06092CF6C5490DC34FAA.jpgand spent the weekend at my son's condo---he was out of town for a wedding so we got to drive his car and visit our old stomping ground as well as Georgia tech for a meeting of a Board I am on.

Absolutely exhausted, I made it home from Atlanta but not my wife! She flew on to Hartford, CT to help my daughter move and then back to Houston just in time for the final opera of the ring cycle, Götterdämmerung. I spent a lot of the week at OTC and saw many old friends including the 2017 and 2018 SPE presidents.
large_492AA86992697A3050DCE4160F6AAAC6.jpgThe next day it was off to Fort Worth for another opera, Carmen. We drove in separate cars because she needed to go on BACK to Atlanta to drop off some things for my son and then back home through Hattiesburg to pick up her mother to come see the new grandson!

Other Blogs

You can of course read about my barbecue at This site
My Baker Hughes reservoir blog is here.
My (old) blog detailing my 18 months in Hong Kong is here,

Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 17,020 miles. SPE travel to date 520,450 miles. Round trip earth to moon is 477,800 so almost back!

Countries to date (my counting rule is basically that I spent the night there with some sort of SPE content...not just went through the airport like New Zealand or Panama): 43
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Finland
France
Germany
Ghana
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Ireland
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Nigeria
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month =3 Operas to date = 74

Posted by fracmeister 08:48 Archived in Kuwait Comments (0)

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