I’m here with myself, which has returned just yesterday morning from six days in Buenos Aires Argentina. I thought I would ask myself some questions about what sounds like an amazing adventure.
Me: So, how’s things?
Myself: Good. I’m a bit tired but overall, still glad to be back in front of my big teevee and games.
Me: Great. How was the food in Argentina? Was it all meat as advertised?
Myself: Yeah pretty much. A lot of beef. But also a lot of seafood. I had pink Salmon from Patagonia, and RB ordered Andes Lake Trout one night while dining at the hotel restaurant. But mostly meat all the way. Our first night there, after accidentally stumbling into a pickup joint on the corner, which looked like any other bar, we had the largest beef tenderloin I have ever seen. Basically it was 3-4 pounds of red meat heaven on a plate. The waiter brings it to our table, and it barely had changed in size from the pre-cooked version. I mean this thing was the length of one of those big plates that are oval shaped, like what you would serve a turkey on, but instead from stem to stern it was medium rare bliss. The waiter then divides it in half with the side of a desert spoon.
Me: He cut it with a spoon?
Myself: Yeah. I thought, “ok now you’re just showing off!” It was nice. And cheap.
Me: Really, how cheap?
Myself: Well the Argentinian Peso has approximately 1/3 the value of a USD, so basically while the prices were in Pesos, they read like an American menu would in Dollars. For example, we had two incredible bottles of Malbec from Mendoza, some apertifs, sides, limoncello shots, and I had a large beer. And of course there was this tanker ship sized piece of ex-cow. The total was I think around 350 Pesos. Divide that by 3. Try and find that somewhere stateside. Not shitty what-should-we-do-with-this kind of beef quality. More like, what-should-we-do-with-the-rest-of-this-animal-now kind of meat. DAMN.
Myself: That’s what I said.
1 – Check-in online for flight, change seat/upgrade(maybe), print boarding pass
2 – Print flight itinerary
3 – Print hotel reservation
4 – Start charging devices
5 – Print maps from airport to hotel
6 – Print maps from hotel to SAP
7 – Verify car reservation
8 – Gather toiletries
9 – pack as little as possible
Just sent this to a co-worker heading to Israel for a team meeting and found it might be useful to others…Jim is a large man, in stature and voice, and has been writing the documentation for Web tools 6.
Be prepared for lots of talking. I mean more talking and “well of course” than you ever thought possible.
Israeli’s are much more direct and get annoyed by passive aggressive Minnesotans. Don’t be offended if they yell at you for apparently no reason.
Hebrew is difficult to read and listen to, don’t try unless you really need to.
Make sure you try the hummous even if you don’t like it here. Try all the food you can actually.
Make sure you try the olive oil and buy some to bring home.
Wine is good too.
All the taxis are small.
Go to Jerusalem if you get the chance, cause really, you probably won’t go to Israel on vacation on your own.
Women there are beautiful. Everyone looks like a hot Sarah Silverman. You’ll wonder if you’re in Brooklyn at times.
Don’t pull a Paul *** and stay in your hotel room the whole time. The best thing you can do to get over the jet lag is walk around and explore.
And lastly, don’t be afraid. What you see on Faux News and CNN is way off. Tel Aviv and R’nana are very modern cities. You’ll probably be 3 feet taller than everyone else and will look like the big dumb American you are, but they love Americans(obviously).
In January of 2007 I went on a trip to Israel to meet with my SAP co-workers in Ra’anana. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ra’anana) Ra’anana was about a 25-30 min cab ride from downtown Tel Aviv and was a very beautiful, very modern yet old looking city.
We arrived at Ben Gurion Intl late at night taking a flight from Atlanta. It was just like any other airport I’d been in and there was no trouble finding the baggage claim. Our group consisted of Dan and Shawn, friends of mine I’d known for awhile, and Lisa and Klaus, the owners of Praxis Software the company I worked for from 2004 until 2006 when it was acquired by SAP. Also with us was Paul Selby, a member of the Business One product team, who had a home office in Oregon. Many of the members of the Business One product team were located in Israel, and most were development resources. Business One was originally an Israeli software product, and the German software megagiant SAP bought it back in the 90’s in an attempt to update their portfolio with an offering for small and medium sized businesses.