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After three years in Hong Kong, eleven in Japan, two in France, four in Switzerland, four in Japan and one in France (in reverse order), I’ll pursue my career in New York, NY, USA.

This is very exciting !)

The United Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Newark went OK, no turbulences, good service, great food and decent wines.

We were delayed by two hours thanks to the lightning threats in and around Lantau Island. The previous night, we had 30+ minutes of lightning strikes on Hong Kong Island. Very loud and quite impressive. The lightning striked very close to our place and the noise was reverberating across the hills and the tall buildings.

Immigration and border controls went OK, no waiting time. A good change. A nice welcome to the USA. Very different from previous entries.

We spent the night in nearby Elizabeth city, facing the airport at the Hilton Hotel. Very convenient, good service, nice room, perfect noise isolation. We enjoyed the room service (San Pelegrino and seasonal fresh fruits). We had breakfast in the lobby with some pilots and jet lags Asian travellers at 6:30.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g46414-d98306-Reviews-Hilton_Newark_Airport-Elizabeth_New_Jersey.html

After a quick ride to the airport, we registered for our next leg of the trip: a flight to Burlington, VT.

The walk through security is painful as usual. I forgot my hard drive in my hand luggage, had to wait for a second scan and had it probed for explosives. I had a Macbook, an ipad, an ipad mini, a ebook reader, a HP calculator, a camera and a phone: hey, we’re on the move and living off a suitcase for about 10 weeks. I need three boxes for my stuff. Can’t we go modern and RFID all these devices once for all, with centralized ownership database. Like that, no need to retrieve them, and a stolen material would not be able to fly anymore. Thifs would be arrested. But there is some privacy issues I imagine.

The airport is under renovation, looks a tad old but is fine. We had lunch at Ruby’s, a fun diner conveniently located just in front of the security.

After a short delay, the flight to Burlington was nice and sweet, 45 minutes. After a one hour drive South, we arrived at Middlebury Swift House Inn. Good to be back ! We had dinner at Fire and Ice. No crowded at all.

Friday: Georgeous breakfast, The Middlebury National bank, the AT&T phone shop in nearby mall, the College shop, packing Alex’s stuff and filling up the UPack container, management of the jet lag recovery. Dinner at the Grill, completely empty! Awesome. We ordered the special secret meal, the Heart Attack!

Saturday: Some rain, concerns fo rthe next day weather, some thunderstorms, visit of the Library, lunch at a small restaurant near the river, very crowded on Saturday, shopping and walking around, still recovering from jet lag, then pre Graduation dinner at Jessica, with specially printed menu for Alex’s event. Very loud group in the back. Great food and wines. Cold day and rainy.

Sunday: Graduation day for Alex. Major in Mathematics with a minor in Physics. Very proud Dad, again. Blue skies, best weather possible for the ceremony.

Monday: Return to New York. Two flights, as Alex got bumped due to overbooking policy of UA. Only negative point of the long week end on Vermont. Long drive from the airport to the city of New York to our new temporary place in Midtown East, in Sutton Place.

Tuesday: first day on the job. Long walk to the office. Nice to be in New York. I walk by Grand Central, Lexington Avenue, Park Avenue, the 5th Avenue, the Chrysler Building and many more.

 

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