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A Rapid Entrepreneurial Trip to London and Birmingham England – An Interesting Tale

A quick back story….
I was asked by my friend Jon Le Toq to speak at his fitness business event (Fitness Entrepreneur Bootcamp) in Birmingham, England. The event was held at Aston Business College, within Aston University.

I would only be gone for 4 days. That’s a fast turn around for an 11 hour flight. 

I flew from LAX direct to London Heathrow on Virgin Atlantic. I like the airline because of the level of service, newer planes, and great entertainment system at each seat. And, I must be honest…. I just like everything that Richard Branson does, and that’s part of the reason I fly Virgin. I didn’t sleep much on this overnight flight, so jet lag took over quickly. 

When I arrived in London, I took a train to Paddington Station in central London. I was reminded by Kelli to “Mind the Gap” which is a nice way to say if you do not look down and pay attention when you get on the train, you will likely break your leg on the tracks below. NOTE: I did not by my buy my train tickets in advance and had no issues getting my ticket at the exact time I wanted.

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Office space on the road – more than a necessary evil!

Guest Post by Biorn Tjallen

Are you tired of not having a proper office? Most freelancers dream of a workplace of their own, where they can leave their stuff over night and don’t have to negotiate the maddening crowd each time they try to get down to business. So did I. But here is a story for you.

My most recent academic job came with the benefit of luxurious office space. The post was in Norway and everything looked like a dream. A quaint botanical garden lay right under my gaze from the window. And when l lifted my head to look further, I saw forested hillsides turn into snow capped mountains. As for the room itself, it was huge. So was my desk. I could sit and pontificate on one end, while my visitors would feel small and insignificant on the other. The general sentiment – as revealed by the embittered collegial gossip – was that I had somehow skipped the unofficial queue for office promotion. I was a lucky bastard!

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Technology Considerations for US Travelers to Europe

Europe and the US are not that different, despite, of course, the obvious social, political and linguistic comparisons.  Europeans’ love affair with technology rivals our own here in the USA, and so technologically speaking; you won’t be in for any major surprises. However, there are some important considerations worth knowing, whether you’re a traveling entrepreneur, a digital nomad or a summer backpacker.

Power Sockets and Plugs
In the US, we are all used to our 2-pronged electricity socket, serving out 120 volts of glorious electricity. However, in Europe, that serving increases from between 220 to 240 volts, and so, as you can imagine, an adaptor is wholly necessary. Even for trivial items, such as a phone charger, iPod docking station or a hair dryer, an adaptor should always be used as they are not simply a means of being able to fit the prongs into the odd shaped holes. Should you plug in a device without an appropriate adaptor to regulate the electricity flow, the result will most likely be the complete short-circuiting of the supply to the room/building, and even in some cases rendering the device you plugged in completely inoperable – something you definitely don’t want to happen to your MacBook Pro, right?

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