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Baltimore harbor audioblog August 5, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Audio, Itinerary.
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My parting audio earlier this afternoon, from the harbor in downtown Baltimore.

Dinner on the Danube July 25, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Itinerary, People, Photos.
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After a few hours of snapping photos this afternoon (I’ll put some of those up in the morning), I was delighted to run into blogger Mary Reid (less well known as the mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames) and her husband and fellow Councillor Ian Reid. They were about to have dinner at our hotel’s Corso Restaurant which has an open-air terrace on the Danube, and they graciously invited me to join them.

Tonight was one of those spectacular summer nights to dine outdoors: warm, no bugs, no wind. And the scenery, including a stunning sunset, was quite memorable with the Buda Castle Royal Palace and the Chain Bridge (connecting Buda and Pest) lit up in the background. Plus, we met some familiar people, too: Fraser Henderson, Julia Glidden, Susie Ruston, Leslie Reynolds, Alan Winchcombe, and others. Click photos to enlarge.

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Budapest after the rain July 25, 2006

Posted by Mary Reid in Itinerary, People.
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mary_reid.jpgThis is my first visit to Budapest so we spent today doing all the touristy things. We took a guided bus tour of the city to get our bearings and stopped off for several hours in the Castle area. The hotel is superbly located across the river with stunning views from the rooms.

In spite of the torrential rain yesterday it is still hot and humid, so we did everything s-l-o-w-l-y.

People are beginning to gather for the Symposium which kicks off tomorrow. I think Griff is around somewhere but I haven’t bumped into him yet.

Arrival in Budapest July 25, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Itinerary.
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It’s 3 pm Tuesday in Budapest and I’m now online with a high-speed internet connection from my hotel room here at the Intercontinental Hotel in City Center.

I was a bit delayed in getting here from the Ferihegy airport — the mini-bus had a flat tire right as we were leaving. But I was with two delightful women from the UK who helped pass the time with their interesting travel stories.

I took the photo on the right from my room. That’s the Buda Castle Royal Palace on the other side of the Danube River. It’s hot and humid here, much like the weather I just left in Minnesota. Time for a nap, then a little sightseeing, some exercise, some food, and some work on my presentation.

Budapest and Baltimore bound July 22, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Blog changes, Itinerary.
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On Monday, I depart for next week’s International e-Participation and Local Democracy Symposium in Budapest, Hungary. As the UK’s ReadMyDay weblog coach, I’ll be doing a couple of presentations on leadership blogging while I’m there, and again the following week in Baltimore, Maryland.

mary_reid_griff_wigley_150w.png Kingston Mayor Mary Reid and I (photo is the two of us at the Feb. 2006 Local eDemocracy event at The Painted Hall in London) and some of our ICELE colleagues will use this weblog to post reports, photos and audio from both events. Once the events are over, this weblog might end… or it might continue on in some capacity.

This weekend, I’ll be spiffing up the blog and its sidebars and then starting Tuesday, we’ll begin blogging from Budapest’s Intercontinental Hotel, site of the symposium.