Sea Life

Today we went to the aquarium but before we get to telling what we saw. We started the day off by swimming in a new pool, the pool was really nice and big. When we were done in the pool we started walking to the aquarium. On our way we stopped and lit a candle at Saint Paul’s Cathedral which had a big memorial service before we got there. When we were at the aquarium we saw fish of course, crocs, starfish, sharks, jellyfish, stingrays, penguins, and other cool stuff. When we came back from the hotel we played family basketball. After family basketball we had the same meal pretty much as last night but with my dad this time. Then we went good night. Happy Birthday Grandpa Mike love you. Miss you all.

              

Melbourne

Today we started by going to the pool. It was our last day at this out door pool so we were at the pool for a while. After we finished playing at the pool we walked all around the streets of our hotel. While we were walking we saw a band playing it was cool to watch. In every city there is an Elizabeth Street so I took a picture. Finally we we went to the Airport, waved good bye to Brisbane, and took of on our filght to Melbourne. When we got to Melbourne we watched some TV, had the best meal since we left on our trip, and waited for my dad to meet us. When he got to the hotel we told him about our adventures then went to sleep because we were tired out.

         

Elizabeth July 23, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Today we started the day by going to the pool :)!!! Then we went to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary it is one of the highlights in our trip so far I think. At the sanctuary we saw Tasmanian Devils, Birds, Platypus, and Emus, (not my mom’s favorite those Emus) last but not least we saw Kangroos and Koalas. Today was different then just seeing Kangroos and Koalas we got to…. Wait for it, we got to pet Kangroos and hold Koalas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was so cool as you could probably imagine!! It is amazing to be able to do stuff like this because it is so fun!!!!!!! Anyway missing you all at home. Miss you Eva, Carter, Tia, and Jake plus everybody else of course. Bye

                      

Working…

I figured it would be at least a little bit necessary to write about the work I’m doing over here.  After all, that is key reason this whole thing came together, it was a work trip that got exploded out into a monster family vacation.  🙂

The sales teams in all the cities I’ve been to have been very diligent in keeping me busy with customers and our partners/resellers.  Whether doing simple overviews of our solutions for them or doing deeper technical dives with our more advanced customers, every meeting is a micro-adventure in itself.  I’ve mostly met with banks of various flavors, with some hospitals, broadcast (think DirecTV/Dish), and various government agencies (tax, education, corrections) thrown in for good measure.

There are definitely some different trends and emphasis in this region compared to the U.S.  One that has caught me a bit off-guard is the clear direction of banks to move things (in some cases, everything) into the “cloud”… aka Amazon Web Services.  Banks in the U.S. will likely be the very last of the big cloud adopters due to perceived privacy & security concerns with it.  I met with a bank today who has a corporate goal of putting everything in AWS.  Weird.

Another oddity is that many customers have zero budget to buy our equipment.  If this sounds like a challenge, you would be correct.  The saving-grace is that, apparently, while they don’t have any money for capital expenditures, they have a budget for OpEx and can consume our product through managed services from our resellers.  So, in many cases, when we’re pitching new solutions and features, we really are selling the idea to the customer and the reality to the partner so they actually decide to resell the service.  Again, this is pretty much opposite from how things work in the U.S.

All that said, while we haven’t proven whether the toilets flush in the opposite direction (they have a more aggressive system without opportunity to monitor water-spin-direction) they definitely do things a bit differently here down-under.  Having the exposure to this region (and hopefully others in the future) has definitely been beneficial for me to understand how customers use our product and what they are looking for.

So, all that said, the work time has been fun and engaging for me as much as the exploring off-hours with the rest of the fam!

Adventuring in Brisbane

Today was our first day to explore in Brisbane so we started the day of with (you know it!!) we started of the day by going to the pool!!! At this hotel there is an outdoor pool so it is a little chilly but different and cool. After swimming we went to a grocery store and got some breakfast and while we were eating a band was playing a couple song like Clocks (my piano song!!) Then we went to a beach and played in the sand, got lunch, had hot chocolate, and we were having just an amazing time. Next we went on the “Wheel of Brisbane” you could see the whole city from up there. After that we walked around the Botanic Gardens (we have walked in a Botanic Gardens in every city) it is fun though because there is cool trees, plants, birds, and other animals. We played at a lot of parks too, there were cool slides, climbing walls, and swings . There are very nice parks here and a lot of them. Then we started walking back to the hotel, but we stopped at a store and Samantha got a stuffed animal, I got a bag, and Mark got a boomerang. Following that, we got to the hotel to meet my dad so we could go out to eat. After dinner we walked back to the “Wheel of Brisbane” with my dad and went on it again (but this time it was free and it was at night) so it was a little different from a looking out perspective. Finally we went back to our hotel and went to bed, because that was a full day. Good night 🙂

              

Elizabeth July 21, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

Playtime

         We started by playing Hide’n’seek.We rocked it but she found us.

After that we went on the wheel of Brisbane and went high above the city. It was really cool seeing everything.


Next we went over the bridge you can see and into the botanical gardens and we found a park it was super fun.

                 



                                                   Bye

Mark July 21, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

Brisbane!!!!!

Today we went over from Wellington to Brisbane!! We are going to be in Brisbane till Wednesday afternoon. Sorry I do not have any pictures 🙁 I did not take any pictures today because I was on the plane for a lot of the day. It is a lot warmer then Wellington and it is not raining 🙂 (it rained everyday in Wellington.) Samantha is happy to have two stuffed animals which makes everybody happy. We are about half way through our trip and we are missing you guys at home very much. Australia has a lot of the same stuff as home but it is still a different country so that is why we are exploring it. Having fun hopefully you guys are at home too.

Exploring the World’s Nature

Today we started the day by going to the p… We did not go to the pool in the morning 🙁 sadness. We started our morning by going on a cable car up to the Botanic Garden and the Carter Observatory with my dad yah!!!  At the Carter Observatory we saw a movie thing about the Google Lunar XPRIZE, it is cool to learn about space. Next we walked around the gardens and found a cafe to have hot chocolate. Then we went to the grocery store and got dinner and went to the pool finally I thought we would never get here. After that we went to the Wellington Opera House and saw Grease it was really good I loved the show and the music. This was the most we saw of Wellington in one day!!             

More Zoo Really?? 

Today we went to another zoo. Really?? Yes, yes we did but zoo’s are fun right? At least I think so 🙂 We saw cool animals (that is what I say every time but it is true) We also went the pool this morning it is kind of a routine. After we looked at every animal at the zoo and got stuffed animals.  We met my dad at a library then went out to eat.

                 

Government 

Today we relaxed a lot at the pool and in our hotel room. After we finally got out of the hotel we went to the Parliment building and went on a tour, it was cool to see how the New Zealand government works. After the tour was finished we went to Saint Paul’s church which was cool (I thought of you Grandma Donna and Grandpa Mike) Next we went to the grocery store and had taco’s for dinner. Now we are relaxing again as usual 🙂