Thank you, Europe

It’s been another memorable trip working overseas, taking me to Budapest, Nuremberg, a stop in Vienna, and back to Budapest.

I’m writing from the 9th floor lounge of Budapest’s Marriott hotel. The coffee on my last morning is delicious, the staff is friendly, and the backdrop where I sit is a beautiful and proud city overflowing the hills into the Danube river, with blue skies and sunshine coming down on Buda Castle, Matthias Church, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, and the Hungarian Parliament Building.

I’ve walked far and wide through Budapest, met some great people in the embedded systems industry in Nuremberg, and ate the world’s best apple strudel in Vienna. I’ve learned to count to 10 in Hungarian, and probably know about 20 or 30 other words (thanks to a used children’s book). I think it is safe to say that I also have a few friends in Hungary.

I think I am “getting good at” travel, if one can do such a thing. It is a healthy mix of working hard, and also taking advantage of your down time. But, I will be happy to return home.