Crisis and swines

27 04 2009

Google Maps is trying to be helpful and is tracking the swine flu situation around the world. The picture below was taken Mon. April 27th, shortly before midnight. Click on the map for the link to Google.

Swine flu map

Swine flu map

Here is the link to WHO, the World Health Organization, and their special page on the swine flu. To my non-expert eyes that does not seem all that serious yet. However, maybe no farm holidays this year. And stay away from sneezing pigs, as a general prevention.





A night out

25 04 2009

“So, what’s next? Should we go dancing?”
“Go to Venice?”
….
“Why are you writing some SMS now?”
“I am not writing SMS, I am checking trains to Venice. The next one goes at 03.18!”

Or so it started. What followed was one of the more exceptional nights in a lifetime. The U**Credit MBA night expedition squad was formed by losing the timid (A&A) and recruiting reinforcements (sorry for waking you up at 2 a.m., N.!). We went to the train station and started the adventure with energy.

Night train to Venice (1)

Night train to Venice (1)

Energy that, however,….

Night train to Venice (2)

Night train to Venice (2)

…faded into the night. And the guardian to keep us awake quit her job, at some point…

Night train to Venice (3)

Night train to Venice (3)

…so that we did not realize that OUR part of the train was not even going to Venice. But through this little mistake we got to see the beautiful train station of San Donà di Piave – Jesolo!

A stop along the way

A stop along the way

So with some minor difficulties we finally reached our destination. And what place in the world could possibly be better to study multi-channel issues than Venice.

The first-hand multichannel experience

The first-hand multichannel experience

It’s just a shame that the sunrise was not visible…

No sunrise over San Marco...

No sunrise over San Marco...

…and that the only gondoliere was just taking a break and not working.  😉

...and gondoliere on strike.

...and gondoliere on strike.





Deflation – a redefinition

21 04 2009

For some days now I have been wondering how to best characterize the current atmosphere in this MBA program and now I think I have found a word that gives a good hint – deflation.

The “disambiguation page” of Wikipedia offers the right clues:
(1)Deflation commonly refers to a decrease in the general price level.” Yes. Now substitute ‘price’ with enthusiasm, engagement, energy. On one hand I think it is a logical consequence, that after 7 months of quite intensive work at the university people are tired and to some degree worn out. The good weather period of the year has begun, people’s interests change. It is not surprising that all of this shows some results. However, given that we are such a rather small group of people I think it is interesting how often we have cases of sickness – speak about a “decrease in the general energy level”.
However it is still up to us to make the best out of the remaining 5 weeks that we will spend here together – this is a pro-individual responsibility blog!! 😉

But let’s go on with the Wikipedia:
(2) “Deflation may also refer to: A release or escape of air or gas from an inflatable, resulting in its shrinking or collapsing.” Now that is interesting. Was something (over-)inflated here that is now shrinking, even collapsing? A sense of competition forced upon the class, with the distant incentive of choices for an internship or even a job offer, maybe? Was there the high pressure of an air of pretence, that is now escaping its shrinking container and making some weird sounds while doing so? And will at some point someone have the coglioni to deflate their ego to enter a critical and constructive dialogue?

Balloon, fully inflated

Balloon, fully inflated

Ah yes, before I forget – one reason for being inflated at some point can be:
LOTS of hot air!





Easter trip to Cinque Terre

13 04 2009

After two days of evaluating weather forecasts back and forth I had made up my mind on friday to take a two day trip to Cinque Terre, a national park area and Unesco World Cultural Heritage region on the coast of Liguria.  And I certainly was rewarded for my decision! First, the weather was really good for hiking and secondly the place itself is really beautiful – especially now in spring.

Vernazza in Cinque Terre

Vernazza in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is essentially a stretch of coastline with five villages – Riomaggiore-Manarola-Corniglia-Vernazza-Portorosso (from SE to NW) with the first and the last being the biggest with the most tourist infrastructure. I went there with the first train Saturday morning and walked the whole stretch of the five villages, with two out of the four parts of the route being very easy and the other two quite sporty. Overnight I stayed at the newly opened Youth Hostel in Corniglia (Link!).

On Sunday my friend Angel joined from Bologna for another day of hiking – this time not only along the coast but also up into the hills above the sea.

Cliffs on the way to Porto Venere

Cliffs on the way to Porto Venere

It was marvellous! Just the sound of the sea below us, mild temperatures and the smell of spring… below there is the link to my complete gallery…

Cinque Terre, Easter holidays 2009

…and to a short video clip that might give you an additional impression… enjoy!!!

And for all MBA participants who do not yet suffer from attention deficit disorder due to the incredible amount of information thrown at us weekly by Alma… I have two points, as N. would say… :o)

1) Thanks for reading until here – I really appreciate it!

2) Who ist this Doriana???

Signposts you do not expect when hiking

Signposts you do not expect when hiking





Amsterdam and beyond

13 04 2009

Somehow this ended up to be a busy Easter week and the Amsterdam trip already feels like ages ago. One main reason for that might be that the subject of the week was the revelation of our whereabouts for the internship. But before we go into that: HERE IS MY Amsterdam PHOTO GALLERY (Link to Picasa in the picture).

Amsterdam excursion

So what about the BIG news: here come the new due torri….

Due torri @ Munich

Due torri @ Munich

Yes. Whoever finally took the decision has decided I should go and work at U**Credit’s local HQ in Munich @ HypoVereinsbank. What exactly I am supposed to do there and what part of the bank I should be with I do not know yet. So at the moment I feel a bit torn, on one hand I very much regret having to leave Italy, as I am just getting into the life (and the language!) here. On the other hand, some hints about what I should do there sounded very interesting indeed and therefore there might be some quite positive side to the story. Let’s see…

Members of the MBA class will be sent to: Milan, Munich – just me :-(, Zagreb, Belgrade, Bucharest, Moscow, Istanbul – congratulations, J.! and some will stay in Bologna. From the geographic point of view I would say that 75% of preferences have been fulfilled by the program management, what everyone will do in their location we do not know yet.





Amsterdam excursion (A Preview)

6 04 2009

Just to announce that some interesting inside stories from the first unofficial U**Credit MBA excursion team visit to Amsterdam will be posted here soon…

These stories might or might not have to do with…
* un-/expected non-/participants (now try to figure that one out!)
* banks (see picture)
* a stork (see picture)
* far-away countries (not on the picture)

Amsterdam, first insights...

Amsterdam, first insights...

But one question will eternally remain:

“SO WHAT’S NEXT???”