I write this entry on an Ibera flight on my way to TechEd Europe, which I have never been to before. I am really looking forward to seeing the differences between this conference and the TechEd NORAM verison of which I have attended for the past 5 years. One big difference I think I will really like is that the TechEd Europe conference is really two seperate conferences, once for IT Pros and one for Developers, each one run it a different week. This is unlike the NORAM TechEd which is one huge conference all in one week. If you are heading to TechEd, stop by the Infragistics booth to say hey!
After TechEd its time a much needed week of vacation in one of my favorite spots, the Canary Islands. Most North Americans I don't believe know much about the Canaries, let alone consider them for their vacation, but they are an absolutely amazing place to vacation. The islands are an autonomous proviance of Spain and Tenerife (the island we are visiting) is home to the tallest peak in Spain, Teide. Oh, and the peak also happens to be a dormant volcano. The island is famous for its black sand beaches, amazingly diverse eco-systems ranging from tropical to desert, and also for the Los Gigantes, spectacular cliffs that one day, according to several Discovery Channel shows, may fall into the Altantic ocean causing an immense title wave which may wipe out the Atlantic coast of the United States.
One of the best things about the island is that it is large enough to have the ammenities of modern life, while at the same time being small enough that you can drive around the entire island in a single day, but I think I am planning to spend most of my time reading on the beach. :)