Christmas preparation in Seattle

December 1, 2008 at 12:06 am | Posted in SOF conference 08 | Leave a comment

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Sunday Morning. After a great sleep, and a workout  and swim at the hotel gym and pool, Derek and I have taken advantage of the time today to get out and around Seattle City Centre. Pike Place Market  was our first destination. Colourful stalls of fresh produce. Seafood to die for; huge atlantic salmon, fresh crabs, oysters, lobsters. We enjoyed browsing and watching people in a distictly different and interesting culture doing their pre Christmas  and weekend shopping. Found a great little second hand book store. Then headed across town along the waterfront to Seattle Center which is a large park with Exhibition Center, Science Fiction Museum and sports pavilion. We planned to ride the Space Needle ( a Seattle equivalent to Sky City) but the mist  hasnt cleared enough for us to believe the investment of dollars is worth the view. In fact it was difficult to see anything of the sound when we were on the waterfront. Just means we need to get back there before we leave town.

The Christams decorations are pretty cool here as you can see from the internal hotel decor. There is an amazing display of Christmas gingerbread houses alongside the tree in the hotel foyer, pictured above. However we are only just  adjusting to dusk falling at 4pm and the city lights going on.

Safe in Seattle

November 30, 2008 at 5:27 am | Posted in SOF conference 08 | Leave a comment

seattlesheratonAfter an arduous 16 hour journey involving three flights we’ve made it to Seattle, settling in at our hotel where the Microsoft School of the Future Conference is to be held. Apart from Marg’s bag not arriving in Seattle with us (it’s since been located and delivered to the hotel) the trip went smoothly.

I  couldn’t help but play with one of the two Microsoft multi-touch tables that are available to use in the foyer of the hotel – a great way to locate where you are in the city using the mapping software, or to browse highlights of the city by flipping through the photo album. With the two-touch technology these are easily enlarged and/or rotated to give the perspective or view you want.

I’m sure there’ll be lots more to see and play with at this conference once it is underway!

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