JWG (jwg) wrote,

My 1985 Passport

In the winter of 1986 Robert rsc and I went to Spain. Landed in Malaga and went to Córdova, Grenada, Seville, and Ronda. Ronda is this gorgeous town situatied on the edge of a cliff.

We went to the British Virgin Islands in 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994. This was to Guana Island a lovely resort that we first found in 1983 and went to in 1985. Then we continued to go 2 our of every three years - our last visit there was this year. It is a small place with at most ~30 guests (lots of repeats), a bit of a wildlife sacntuary, good food, nice snorkelling, etc.

In 1987 I went to Japan. This was a business trip. My job title at the time: Mission Manager - Software Renovation as a member of the Corporate Staff (Honeywell) and I was meeting with some of the Software Process people in NEC - there were close tie-ins between companies. It was a 2 day meeting, my boss and his boss, the VP of engineering flewover the day before, and left right after the meeting. I, of course, stayed another 10 days and spent more time in Tokyo, and went to Takayama, and Kyoto.

I see stamps entering Paris in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992. These were all business trips to meet with people in Bull, the Honeywell affiliate and eventual owner of the Honeywell computer business. I always took a few days extra to be a tourist.

There are several Canada stamps in 1987, 1988, 1991 and 1995. While on the Multics project we had an affiliate with a spinoff from the University of Calgary, and I took a few trips to Calgary. One of those trips followed one of the Paris trips and I flew directly from Frankfurt to Calgary for that meeting. I think there were more trips to Canada than those.
I think the 1995 one was to a Software Engineering Conference in Toronto (I remember going to the SkyDome, not to see the Blue Jays play but because there were tech booths placed in it.)

1990 has another trip to Japan, this time a vacation trip with Robert. We spent time in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Kurashki.

In 1992 we took our winter vacation to Greece - a bit of Athens but mostly on Crete.

In 1993 while I was a member of the US Applied Research Lab of Honeywell/Bull I had a business trip to Milan and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany). I presented a paper at the European Software Engineering conference on Scrutiny, a Collaborative Software Inspection system. The Milan part was to go to the European Computer Support for Cooperative Work conference and then Garmish-Partenkirchen was ESEC. Then I went to Munich, met Robert and we enjoyed a bit of Octoberfest and then went off to tour Bavaria and visit King Ludwig's castles.

In 1995 it was off to Stockholm for the next European Computer Support for Cooperative Work conference. And then flew to Oslo, met Robert, and we went to Bergen to take the Hurtigruten up the coast to Kirkenes (very close to the Russian border. There was a ceremony when we crossed the Arctic Circle.
Tags: guana island, multics, nostalgia, paris, passport history, travel

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