April, May 2006
This was one long road trip! Having taken on two new projects at work, I had to visit a number of corporate sites. It turned out, the 'easiest' thing to do was just keep working my west, until I made it all the way around the globe! The really frustrating thing was that after 5 weeks on the road, I was only able to stop at 'home' for 2 days before departing to California for another 2 weeks! So 'home' seemed like just another stop on the trip..
The trip started relatively easy, but then turned into something of a marathon. Dealing with international flights and customs every 2-3 days can wear you down, not to mention bringing along enough clothes and supplies for 5 weeks on the road, and having to repack them all every 2-3 days.
Despite all that, I was able to squeeze in a little fun here and there..
<2006_04_10> First stop, California. Picked up my freshly painted GTV6 in anticipation of a track day the following day. Unfortunately, the car only made it a few miles before 'failing to proceed', so I towed it back and rented a 350Z to take to the track.<2006_04_11> Second stop, Buttonwillow Raceway. Not a bad way to start a trip! <2006_04_12> ALFA means "Always Looking For Another" <2006_04_16> Tokyo <2006_04_19> Shanghai <2006_04_20> Shanghai, snake for dinner! <2006_04_22> Shanghai <2006_04_23> Shanghai, Maserati dealer, and a friend I made at dinner! <2006_04_24> Shanghai <2006_04_25> Shanghai, dinner in the TV Tower. After dinner, my coworker and I stopped in a museum in the bottom level. I noticed an old car, looked like a Chinese Model T, maybe form the 1920's. I pulled out my camera to take a picture, and I was told to stop! My coworker asked them why (in Chinese), and they told her because it was patented! Imagine that, being told I can't photograph an 80 year old car in a country where intellectual property has no value, because it was patented! <2006_04_26> The fast way from downtown Shanghai to the airport. 430 km/h, 7 minutes from down town! <2006_04_27> Pattaya, Thailand! The Hard Rock Hotel was *the* place to be! <2006_04_28> Pattaya <2006_04_29> Pattaya - Buddhist temple on the mountain, Buddhist carving *in* a mountain, and elephants! <2006_04_30> Pattaya, Ripleys Believe it or Not! <2006_05_01> Thailand <2006_05_02> Chennai, India <2006_05_04> Bangalore, India <2006_05_05> Bangalore <2006_05_06> Netanya, Israel <2006_05_09> Monza, Italy. I only took the pictures of the hotel room because this was an upgrade to a suite! <2006_05_09_Alfa_Museum> Milan, Alfa Romeo Museum. For an Alfa fanatic, this is like an Elvis fan visiting Graceland.. <2006_05_11_Mille_Miglia> Brescia, for the start of the Mille Miglia. Wow!
<2006_05_12> Glasgow, Scotland. What's a trip to Scotland without a sheep picture?
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