Transatlantic cruise on the Queen Victoria, day 1

April 25th, to celebrate my wife’s birthday and to move from New York to London in style, we boarded Cunard’s Queen Victoria for a luxury transatlantic cruise.

The plan, devised by my wife, the wonderful Cruise Curator, is brilliant: for less than a one way airplane ticket, we get to move all our stuff (no luggage restriction), and enjoy a few days of relaxed downtime and luxury. Awesome!

So, for the next 8 nights, we will be enjoying the Royal Court Theater, lectures, a nice library, fine cuisine…

Good bye, New York!

Here we come, London!

Ft. Erie, Canada, April 2015

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April 16-24 we went to Ft. Erie, Canada, to spend some time with the family.

We had a wonderful time, catching up with work, dining in fine places, and even doing a little sightseeing: the misty Crescent beach, Peller Estates Winery, or dinner at Tiara, in Queen’s Landing. But we enjoyed our time at home, and the delicious home-cooking, the most.

Breakfast with IBM executives on a yacht in Chicago

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On April 14th I was invited to have breakfast with IBM executives on a private yacht (with a helicopter on the stern) in Chicago.

It was a unique opportunity to discuss the future of healthcare and technology, and my company, with the most senior executives in the company, in a very beautiful setting.

Thank you!

Chicago HIMSS 2015

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April 12th to 15th we went to Chicago, to attend the largest Healthcare IT show in the world (HIMSS), presenting Kanteron Systems solutions at the Hitachi Data Systems booth.

We stayed at The Public Hotel. We made friends, had fun (thank you for inviting us to the Lexmark Healthcare party, Jeff), and enjoyed the nice weather!
Oh, yeah, and we worked a lot too.

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Manic London days in April

March 31st we went to London with a very defined mission: to find an apartment, get cell phone lines, open bank accounts, and get the office space running. All in two days and a half, because although we did return to Spain on April 3rd, it was a bank holiday.

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We had to run all over the city. The amazing thing? WE DID IT! Well, kinda.

The office was easy, since we had already been selected to join the Google Campus in London.

We left the paperwork ready for the bank account (it still took a month, via email, to finalize).

We had to take the cell phone lines under another company name, and then transfer the lines once the bank account was set up.

But the real challenge was the apartment. The first day we visited 5, and once we decided to apply for one, we were told it was not in the market any more. The second time we looked at 4 more, and when we decided to apply for one, we were told the owner had changed her mind and it was no longer for rent. So we left without an apartment.

Luckily Frankie, our awesome real estate agent, was kind enough to keep researching, and we did a videoconference selection from Spain, as she walked around some apartments showing them to us with her phone. We chose one right next to the London Bridge and the Boroughs market. We can’t wait to move in!

All this would have not been possible if it wasn’t because Ted, from London & Partners, helped us make it happen. Thank you, Ted!

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At least we did enjoy the hotel very much. We stayed at the fabulous Kensington Hotel.

We were so tired and short on time, that we had to decline an invitation to the Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the cocktail reception. We didn’t even had time to go to the opening of Blade Runner The Final Cut!

Named Technology Advisor to the Saint Charles Royal Academy of Fine Arts

On March 23rd I was named Technology Advisor to the 250 year old Saint Charles Royal Academy of Fine Arts by its 56th president, Dr. Manuel Muñoz.

The Royal Academy has the second largest and most important classical painting collection in Spain, after Madrid’s Museo del Prado.

Technology and Art are two of my passions, so combining the two sounds like a very exciting proposition.

Valencia during Fallas with guests

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We had the pleasure to spend the second half of March with the kids and the rest of the family in Valencia (Spain).

My Canadian in-laws had never seen Fallas, the crazy annual festival that leaves the whole city literarily up in flames every March 19th, after over a week of outdoor concerts, food, parades, firecrackers and fireworks.

We enjoyed paella, “chocolate con buñuelos”, live flamenco… but without a doubt, the highlight was to be able to experience the “mascletá” firecracker extravaganza from the most vantage position: the balcony of a private bank’s offices in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento (thanks again, Antonio!). Our ribs definitely felt like they were going to break from all those explosions! :-) 🎆

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In Rome, March 7-12

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March 7th my wife and I traveled to Rome for a few days, since last summer’s cruise visit was too short and left us wanting more.

First we stayed at the Splendide Royal hotel. A “grand dame” with baroque decor and a fancy restaurant full of business people, rich Eastern Europe oligarchs and their lovers.

On the 9th we moved to the Kolbe Rome hotel, a monastery (part of it still in operation) located right next to the Circo Massimo and the Colosseo, where my in-laws joined us from Canada.

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  • Jorge in Rome

We went all over Rome:
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Some of the highlights were the Foro Traiano, Colosseo, Ponte Sant Angelo, Largo di Torre Argentina (and the great cat sanctuary), the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Trastevere (although it does not show in my “movements map”)… but most definitely the two most delightful and amazing memories are:

  • A private tour of the Vatican Museum with a PhD scholar expert in Renaissance art
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  • And a tour of the magnificent Borghese Gallery (I am fascinated by Bernini)
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We also enjoyed the culinary offerings of Rome, like the amazingly good Renato e Luisa, the very authentic Armando al Pantheon, and some OK ones (which in tourist-trap filled Rome is quite good) like InRoma Movie Stars, Grappolo d’Oro (too bad Ditirambo across the street was full), or Palatium Enoteca Regionale.

Art show in Las Atarazanas, March 6

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On March 6th we were invited, along with my wife, my friend the artist Claudio Zirotti, and his wife, to the opening of the art show “(Female) Art Owners” at the Atarazanas building in Valencia.

After the show we had a nice dinner in downtown Valencia, where we talked about the collective art exhibition I am putting together for next year in New York and London.

IBM Event in Madrid, March 3

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Kanteron Systems was selected as finalist, along with British Telecom and nusys, in the IBM Innovation Awards, New Business Model category, for the Split and Pathology Imaging Algorithms solutions. So I went with Juan to attend the IBM Leadership Summit that took place at the Royal Spanish Academy in Madrid (Spain), March 3rd, 2015.

Good Spanish ham, lots of back patting, and the same “good-old-boys” (upper-class white males in their fifties) running the same show with the latest buzzwords and spiffy marketing.