A Travellerspoint blog

June 2016

Mexico, Trinidad, Turkey

Meetings, turtles, "bake and shark" and more meetings. A trip to Ephesus.

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!
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Mexico

I saw many old friends including Professor Fernando Samaniego from UNAM. large_2016-06-09_12_25_24.jpg
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I had an evening off and went to the LDS temple in Monterrey.
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Trinidad

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.
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Turkey

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.
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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

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The Grand Bazaar and spice markets are nearby.
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Topkapi Palace and Archaeological Museum

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Ephesus

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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) 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
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
France
Germany
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Ireland
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Spain
Switzerland
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month = 6 Operas to date = 48

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May 2016: Austin, Midland, Anchorage, Houston

All in America but one of these cities is not like the other!

May started out with OTC, the Offshore Technology Conference. Although I didn't have formal speaking roles I was engaged in multiple SPE and other business meetings. The first two copies of my most recent book (See this link for details) were available and as always, I learned a lot from the exhibits and papers. We caught an opera in Houston, the only one of the month!
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I also went to a local crawfish festival.
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Austin

I have spoken at meetings of the AIPN previously and at this conference I was the moderator for a panel discussion in the Woodlands. I went straight from there to Austin, TX for the SPE Workshop entitled Tight Oil and Liquids-Rich Gas: Adapting to Survive in a New Price Environment . I was a speaker and participant there along with other SPE and BHI meetings.

Back in Houston I gave an ethics course at the SPE/IAEE Hydrocarbon Economics and Evaluation Symposium. Themed “Fundamental Drivers, Commodity Cycles, and the Dynamics of Oil and Gas Valuation

Midland

Then off to Midland for an awards ceremony, meeting with section officers and students.
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Anchorage

I selected Anchorage for our Board meeting and we held it adjacent to the Western Regional Meeting. Fortunately there was a little time in between the two so my wife and I could be Alaska tourists for a few days. At the WRM I met with students and YPs and spoke at a luncheon meeting. We also handed out some awards. It was great to be back in Anchorage.

The following wee we had our June SPE Board of Directors meeting which was quite successful. But you are probably more interested in seeing the pictures of our long weekend in between these SPE activities!

Jan and I drove to Talkeetna, flew around Denali (North America's tallest mountain in a 6.2 MILLION acre national park) and landed on a glacier. We toured the park and went river rafting. We saw moose, red fox, Dall sheep and many other animals. We Went to the massive Wrangell-St. Elias National park (which is the size of Yellowstone, Yosemite and SWITZERLAND combined). We toured the abandoned Kennecott copper mine. We hiked a lot. A LOT. We drove to Valdez and took a cruise to the Columbia glacier seeing orcas, sea lions, seals, porpoises, sea otters and a huge variety of birds including plenty of bald eagles.

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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) 10,143 miles. SPE travel to date 346,145 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): 36
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
France
Germany
Kuwait
Indonesia
India
Ireland
Italy
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Spain
Switzerland
Thailand
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Scotland, England)
USA
Vietnam

Operas this month = 6 Operas to date = 48

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