Meetings, turtles, "bake and shark" and more meetings. A trip to Ephesus.
02.06.2016 - 26.06.2016
As soon as I returned from Alaska it was off to a series of Baker Hughes internal meetings. The industry is changing and we are changing in response...and in a way to stay 'ahead of the curve.' But then it was immediately off to Monterrey, Mexico for the Mexican Petroleum Congress. This was followed in quick succession by trips to Trinidad and Turkey!
I saw many old friends including Professor Fernando Samaniego from UNAM.
I spoke and lead a panel discussion. Plenty of time with students and YPs.
I had an evening off and went to the LDS temple in Monterrey.
Jan joined me for this trip to Trinidad. My first trip to these islands was in 2000 as an SPE Board member. They kept me busy here as I spoke as a keynote speaker to open the conference, lead a panel discussion, presented awards, spoke at the awards ceremony and spoke to a large group of YPs. I met the oil minister at the opening plenary; she invited my wife and I to meet her at "Pitch Lake" the largest natural deposit of asphalt in the world. In 1595 Sir Walter Raleigh used this pitch to repair his boats!
We had some more free time and went to a famous beach to try "bake and shark" a local specialty with fried bread and fried shark! Another highlight was a late night trip across the island to see leatherback turtles laying their eggs. These 700 pound behemoths are world travelers and go to Australia, Canada and the North Sea but always return to this same beach to lay their eggs. It is a sight I will never forget.
In an earlier blog entry I discussed my trip to the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. On this trip I went to Istanbul to the 26th Istanbul Technical University Symposium and Exhibition. I was the keynote speaker, judged the student paper contest, handed out awards, etc. Many of my long-time Turkish friends were there and of course the Turkish people are extremely hospitable and rightly proud of their beautiful country.
Turkish Airlines is a fine one and has some of the best fares to Europe. I arrived one day early and was hosted to tour the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and archaeological museum , Grand Bazaar, spice market, etc. Friday night symposium attendees went on a Bosporus cruise and dinner.
The next day I flew down to tour Ephesus. I of course spent a long time in Ephesus including the houses on the hill (this is an extra charge---don't miss it!), St John's Basilica, the "Seven Sleepers", Mary's home (?), the ruins of the Temple of Diana, the museum (DO NOT MISS IT) and several other places. I even bought a rug. The Vienna Symphony played a magnificent concert at the ancient Great Theater of Ephesus; I was able to buy the next to the last seat available. It was quite a bit more expensive but besides being in a perfect location it didn't have anyone directly in front or behind me.... the stone steps made for some slightly less comfortable seating but i had a nice pad as well. Alice Sara Ott was the guest pianist; she was amazing.
Hope you enjoy these pictures!
Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque
The Grand Bazaar and spice markets are nearby.
Topkapi Palace and Archaeological Museum
Travel this trip (basically includes airport to airport) 19,605 miles. SPE travel to date 365,750 miles.
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): 37
Trinidad & Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
Operas this month = 6 Operas to date = 48