Well, I'm currently bouncing off the walls in excitement. Of course, this typically wouldn’t be anything worth commenting on, because this is my natural state, but the fact is that I'm even bouncier and more excited than usual.
The reason for my exhilaration and exuberance is that the conference organizers from the Danish Society of Engineers (which is abbreviated to IDA in Danish) have just invited me to give the keynote presentation at their forthcoming Embedded Everywhere Conference and Exhibition, which will take place on 26 October 2015 in beautiful Copenhagen.
I'm really looking forward to rubbing shoulders with the Danish engineers and companies attending the conference to chat about all of the exciting things they are working on, but I also have a little treat in store for myself.
I was originally planning on flying out from the USA on Saturday 24th, arriving in Copenhagen on Sunday 25th, speaking on Monday 26th, and returning to the USA on Tuesday 27th. Due to the vagaries of the airline pricing schedules, however, it turns out that it's almost $3,000 cheaper for me to depart the USA on Friday 23rd and arrive on Saturday 24th. In turn, this means I get all day on Sunday 25th to amble around Copenhagen seeing the sights.
Now, although I've visited Scandinavia multiple times over the years, my trips have largely been limited to Sweden and Norway. The last time I was in Denmark was 1973 when I was 16-years-old and my parents took me and my little bro' Andrew (who was 3-years-old at the time) to stay on a farm for two weeks.
During the course of our vacation, we took several driving trips around the Danish countryside, we attended a summer festival held in the nearby village, and we also took a one-day trip to Copenhagen. Following a ride on a canal boat in Copenhagen with the rest of the family, I was allowed to head off on a wander by myself.
At some stage it started raining, so I took shelter in the covered doorway of a large building. I was happily sitting on the steps watching the world go by when a very attractive young lady joined me. After chatting about the weather for a while, she invited me to visit her apartment around the corner. I thought she was being friendly until the topic of money entered the conversation, at which point I realized that I was in danger of getting an education my parents hadn’t foreseen, so I explained that I had to meet up with my family and then I beat a hasty retreat.
But we digress… I just bounced over to the Top 30 Attractions page on the VisitCopenhagen.com website. With a history that dates back to 1043, Copenhagen is replete with historic landmarks, significant buildings, museums, and interesting things to look at, and most of these are within walking distance of my hotel and the conference center.
All I can say is that I'm really looking forward to this trip and — if you are an embedded engineer living in Denmark or a nearby country — perhaps I'll see you there. As always, I'll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. If you want to make yourself known to me, just shout “Max, Beer” (or “Max, Bacon”) and you're pretty much guaranteed to have my undivided attention (LOL).