Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Wrap-up of Publishing Seminar in Toulouse, France

We finished the two-day seminar today.  Just before lunch we went outside our meeting room and posed for a picture
The Toulouse Crew!
And, as is generally my practice, I treated the students to a drink after the seminar ended so that we could work on the most important skill...celebrating our (research) accomplishments!!!  Turns out, they really didn't need much practice with developing THIS skill.

Monday, June 19, 2017

"Publishing Scholarly Research" Seminar in Toulouse, France

I was invited by Lars Meyer-Waarden to conduct my publishing seminar at IAE Toulouse School of Management.  Although we were in a very warm classroom (it was about 95 degrees outside), there were about a dozen attendees who asked many good questions!
The next generation of business scholars!

Not sure why I wore black on such a hot day!
After a full day of discussing the publication process, Lars (and the University of Toulouse) treated me to a nice dinner at a restaurant along the Place du Capitole.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A Weekend of Work in Toulouse, France

After what seems like nonstop teaching, travel, and a conference over the past 5 weeks, I needed the weekend to catch up on things and to get ready for the upcoming (busy) week.  So, once I arrived at my (hot) apartment in Toulouse I spent most of Saturday and Sunday inside (or, on the balcony).  I worked a bit on tweaking the Publishing Scholarly Research seminar, preparing for my upcoming Critical Incident Technique workshop, and working on a research paper.
My luxurious apartment balcony in Toulouse!
The temperature over the weekend climbed into the mid 90s each day, but I did explore Toulouse a bit in the evenings.  Below is the Fountaine de Wilson, about 1/2 mile from my apartment.
Fountaine de Wilson in Toulouse

Thursday, June 15, 2017

QUIS 15 Conference in Porto, Portugal

The next few days were spend attending (and making two presentations at) the Quality in Services Conference in Porto.  I first attended this conference (QUIS 4?) in 1996 in Karlstad, Sweden, as a young assistant professor at the University of Idaho.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Exploring the Steps, Churches, and Restaurants in Porto, Portugal

Mallory and I continued to explore Porto.  There are MANY steps!
For someone who enjoys taking pictures of steps, Porto is awesome!
We began our day at the Porto Cathedral...building began in the 11th century and finished in the 13th century.  The view from the plaza is excellent!
Not quite the selfie expert, but I keep on trying anyway.
We had lunch at the famous Majestic Cafe before going on an excellent walking tour of Porto...

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Fun Day Exploring the City of Porto, Portugal

Mallory and I began today with a bus tour of Porto and Gaia (just across the Douro River).  We then went to the Cathedral for a nice view of the city.  We met Lia Patricio, Dave Bowen, and others for lunch along the river, then then crossed over to the other side of the river (crossing over the Ponte Luis I Bridge) from some good photos.
Overlooking the Ponte Luis I Bridge (and Porto in the background)

The Cathedral is on the upper left.

Dinner (with Sangria) after walking 27,000 steps!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Hiking with Mallory in Wuppertal, Germany

Mallory joined up with me again after spending 5 days in Berlin with Anja.  Since my PhD seminar ended yesterday, I was able to do some hiking today.  We first went to the "colored" steps...called Holsteiner Treppe.  (I am not sure how I missed these on my previous Wuppertal visit.)
Probably the most colorful steps I have in my photo collection.
 From there we then went to Botanischer Garten, where there were lots of hills and steps.
Some of the many steps at Botanischer Garten Wuppertal.
In the distance, up on the hill, you can see the University of Wuppertal!