As I've mentioned a few times, the next nine weeks are going to be a fairly intense travel period.  I'm still working out details for some of the Notes/Domino 7 launches and other events that I'll be speaking at, so watch this space for updates.

In the meantime, I'm finalizing my next European trip, and if there is anyone who can offer some advice for me on this, I'd appreciate it.

The next overseas trip covers Notes/Domino 7 launches at three eastern European IBM events: Sofia, Bulgaria on 19 September; Bratislava, Slovakia on 21 September; and Umag, Croatia on 23 September.  At the moment, I don't have links to the two other events, sorry.  For readers who are interested in those, please e-mail me and I'll send more information to you.

While this will be a pretty busy trip, I have one free Saturday (24 September) at the end of it.  The colleague I'll be travelling with is returning to Ljubljana, Slovenia on Friday, after our event.  I certainly could share the ride with him and spend Saturday in Ljubljana, which I hear is a lovely city.  The alternative is to stay in Umag, and take advantage of being in the Adriatic part of a fairly different country for the day.

If I had my druthers, I'd stay in Umag.  The Istrian section of Croatia seems quite interesting, with a fair number of olive plantations and some interesting Roman ruins.  However, getting outta there and back to the US by Sunday afternoon is a real challenge.  The nearest international airport is Trieste, Italy.  While it's only 40km away, the route contains two border crossings.  And of course, my flight out of TRS would be at 6:50 AM Sunday...meaning leaving Umag at something like 4 AM (or going the night before... but searches on the web find that there are no hotels convenient to Trieste airport).  That's assuming the hotel can set me up with a reliable taxi...the thought of hiring a taxi to go two countries away is somewhat uncomfortable to this frequent-travelling American.

Do I have any readers other than vowe (who gave me some great links already) who have visited Umag/Istria, Croatia, and can offer some perspective on the pro/con of this scenario?

Oh and yes, lest anyone think that my casual "where shall I go?" tone conveys otherwise, I'm well aware of how fortunate I am to have a fantastic job that allows me to experience so many parts of this wonderful world. :)  

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