The Heineken experience

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Heineken is my macrobrew of choice and one of the things I looked forward to during the Netherlands leg of my sabbatical was to visit the Heineken brewing company in Amsterdam. Here is my summary of the visit and other Heineken related thoughts. Heineken should really be the national beverage and symbol of the Netherlands…. Read more »

A visit to the Dutch countryside

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Editor’s note: New York Times columnist and multi-millionaire Thomas Friedman has graciously accepted to guest post on this blog. He heard Shyam Sundararaman’s thoughts about a day in the Dutch countryside thru this massive new technological invention called Skype on a cool new gadget called the Iphone 5. New York city used to be called… Read more »

Postcard from Amsterdam

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“Obama will win right?”, asked the octogenarian to me as soon as I told him I was visiting from California. I waited for three seconds to make sure I understood his accent right and then laughed and said YES, HE WILL! Ten seconds earlier, I was drenched, impatient and really really needed the seat he… Read more »

Sabbatical

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Far away from Hurricane Sandy, here I was at SFO’s international terminal on day one of a sabbatical I had long waited for. My employer rewards its employees with a contiguous seven week sabbatical (on top of regular vacation) for every seven years of service. I was eligible for my sabbatical in early September. This… Read more »