My apologies for the lack of posts last week during my stay in Boston. I was out east to attend the Enterprise 2.0 conference with hundreds of geeks from 40 countries. I heard some really interesting speakers, endured blather by pompous blowhards (I'm talking to you, Mr. SharePoint product manager), and saw every imaginable type of smartphone.
I'd only been to Boston once before, for spring break in 1989 (WOOOOO, spring break in Boston!!!), so I was eager to do some exploring while I was in the city.
Unfortunately, the entire time I was there, a Nor'Easter spun aimlessly just off the coast, keeping things gray, cold, and very, very wet. When I checked into my room on the 13th floor (yes there was a 13th floor), sheets of rain were gusting vertically past my window. Not really the kind of weather that makes one want to trudge through the streets on foot.
Here a few shots from what was, apart from the weather, a really enjoyable trip.
The last sunny weather I would see between Sunday and Thursday was en route to Boston.
The view from the plane's window once we landed at Logan Airport. Inviting, wouldn't you say?
Strolling through the North End, Monday night after a nice dinner with my colleague, Roger. (Gotta love the iPhone's crystal clear camera lens...)
On my last afternoon, the rain subsided to a soaking drizzle, so I grabbed my camera and strolled down Summer Street from my hotel at the waterfront into the city.
I walked as far as Boston Common before deciding that it was just too damn nasty out. I hopped in a cab and headed back to my hotel for dinner.
My post-dinner companion, with whom I spent an hour people-watching in the hotel's very pleasant Birch Bar.
The most visually stunning sight of my trip, a very tall German chap who sat next to me during a session on software mash-ups.
Turns out he's a tech bigwig. Mostly I just liked him for being tall and gorgeous. He also smelled wonderful. (And yes, thank you, I'm completely aware how pervy it is to take surreptitious photos of people.)
Naturally, Boston was bathed in sun as I headed to the airport. I was bummed to leave once the weather was finally great, but that's just how it worked out.
I was far more bummed to spend five hours trapped in the plane on the tarmac in Detroit while we waited for thunderstorms to pass over. Nearly. Lost. My. Mind.
More travel pictures will be appearing here soon, as I'll be in NYC for a week in July.
Your travel reporter/geek journalist/stud-stalker,